Fast Breaks: Sefolosha, Lakers, Knicks

Thabo Sefolosha's season for the Utah Jazz is very much in doubt after suffering an MCL injury.

The Utah Jazz have signed Thabo Sefolosha to a two-year contract worth $10.5 million, according to multiple reports.

Sefolosha, 33, is a 6-foot-7 swingman who spent the previous three seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. He averaged 7.2 points in 62 games last season and is viewed as one of the league’s top wing defenders.

Per Hoops Rumors: “In Utah, Sefolosha will help to fill the gap left on the wing when Gordon Hayward departed for Boston. While he won’t come close to matching Hayward’s scoring, the former lottery pick should help stabilize the defense while players like Rodney HoodJoe Johnson, and perhaps Alec Burks and Donovan Mitchell take on more of the scoring load.”

Here is more from around the league:

  • The Los Angeles Lakers have waived shooting guard David Nwaba, the team announced Wednesday. The move was likely made to help clear room for free agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who reportedly has agreed to a one-year contract with the team. Nwaba played in 20 games for the Lakers and averaged 6.0 points.
  • The Knicks signed second-year guard Ron Baker to a two-year deal worth $8.9 million, and it likely hinders their chances at landing a more experienced play at the position, according to a report from Newsday. “Baker’s deal, which incudes an option, is reportedly for the full-room exception,” Newsday wrote. “This means that the Knicks now reportedly have less than $1.5 million in cap space left, which completely puts them out of the running to sign an experienced free-agent point guard such as Rajon Rondo or Derrick Rose. The team did take point guard Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick in the draft, but it’s hard to imagine the 18-year-old would be anywhere near ready to start this season.”