Utah Jazz: Salt Lake City Stars Lose Henry Sims to China, Acquire Jaleel Roberts
It’s been a busy couple of days for the Utah Jazz D-League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars, with multiple players incoming and outgoing.
When last we updated you on the comings and goings of the Salt Lake City Stars, rookies Joel Bolomboy of the Utah Jazz and DeAndre’ Bembry of the Atlanta Hawks had combined to drop 42 points against the Sious Falls Skyforce. Since then, the makeup of the Stars’ roster has changed significantly.
Bembry and Bolomboy were each recalled to their parent clubs (although Bolomboy received his fifth assignment to the club on Thursday). However, the big loss came in the form of Henry Sims.
Reports surfaced earlier this week that the big man had reached a buyout agreement on his D-League contract. Now it seems he’s taking his game to the Orient — according to David Pick, Sims has signed a deal with Shanxi Fenjiu Brave Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Sims had been Salt Lake City’s most consistent performer, averaging 18 points and eight rebounds through 11 games. He came to the club after being one of the final cuts to the Jazz training camp roster.
Meanwhile, the Stars announced on Wednesday that they had acquired center Jaleel Roberts and returning player rights to forward Mac Koshwal in a trade with the Santa Cruz Warriors. The Warriors received their own 2017 second-round pick in the deal, which was owned by the Stars through a previous trade.
Roberts, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 D-League Draft, appeared in six games for Santa Cruz this season, averaging 2.8 points and 1.2 rebounds in just 7.3 minutes per contest. The 7-foot-1, 250-pound big man spent last season in Australia and played his college ball at UNC Asheville.
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Koshwal spent the 2015-16 season with Santa Cruz and the Bakersfield Jam. It also seems that he has something of a colorful past.
The Stars will be back in action on Friday with a home game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.