Sefolosha would ‘love’ to return to Jazz next season

Thabo Sefolosha says he would "love" to return to the Jazz for next season.

A MCL injury to his right knee robbed Thabo Sefolosha of his second half of the 2018 season with the Utah Jazz.

With the team holding a $5.25 million option for the 2018-19 season, the 34-year-old veteran would like to return to Utah.

“There’s definitely a little uncertainty,” Sefolosha told Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune. “Nothing is written in stone. Obviously, the injury (Sefolosha missed the second half of the season after knee surgery following an MCL injury) is something that I couldn’t control.

“But I would love to come back and have a full season. Utah is a fit for me.”

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.

“I didn’t know what to expect when I came here this season,” Sefolosha said. “But what we were able to accomplish this season speaks volumes about the organization. It’s an incredible team and front office.”

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.

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.

“I think with a bit of growth, we have a chance to play with the best teams in the league next season,” Sefolosha said. “I definitely want to come back.

“I was happy here in Utah.”