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Former Jazz PG leaves team to join Rockets Summer League team
Former Jazz PG leaves team to join Rockets Summer League team

It looks like the Utah Jazz will be without a player from their backcourt from last season.

According to NBA insider Kelly Iko of The athleteKira Lewis Jr. has reached an agreement with the Houston Rockets to attend their summer league training camp in Las Vegas.

Lewis Jr. was traded to Utah at the 2023-24 trade deadline as part of the Kelly Olynyk deal after spending the last three and a half seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans. The 23-year-old also played one game with the Toronto Raptors before being sent to their G-League affiliate.

The former Alabama guard was selected 13th overall by New Orleans in the 2020 NBA Draft. In 131 games played, the 6’1″ guard averaged 5.2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists with a shooting percentage of 39.7/29.4/84.8.

Now, with another chance in Houston, Lewis has the opportunity to earn a spot on the Rockets’ 15-man roster before they begin the 2024-25 season. He’ll likely need to put in a strong performance during his summer league stint to earn one of those coveted spots, but we’ve seen crazier things happen in that time around the league.

The Rockets’ first game in the NBA Summer League will be against the Los Angeles Lakers on July 12, while the Jazz will face Zach Edey and the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, July 8.

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By Isla