Jazz won’t waive Sefolosha, guaranteeing salary

The Jazz will not waive veteran forward Thabo Sefolosha, guaranteeing his salary for next season.

The Utah Jazz have decided to not waive forward Thabo Sefolosha, according to a report.

Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports the move will guarantee Sefolosha’s $5.25 million salary for next season.

Sefolosha played 38 games for the Jazz this season, averaging 8.2 points per game, his highest mark since the 2008-09 season, along with 1.4 steals. He shot 49 percent from the floor, 38 percent from the 3-point line and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

The 34-year-old missed the second half of the season after knee surgery following an MCL injury.

After he was injured, Sefolosha remained with the team, his veteran presence having a positive effect on youngsters Donovan Mitchell and Royce O’Neale, according to Jones.

Sefolosha received a five-game suspension for a violation of the NBA’s anti-drug program, which he will serve when next season tips off.