The College of Charleston product appeared in 37 games for the team over two seasons
Forward Jarrell Brantley was sidelined by the Utah Jazz on Thursday, reducing their standard roster to 14 players.
Brantley, the 50th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, has played 37 games for the Jazz during those seasons, though nearly all of them are appearances in the trash. In the end, he averaged 2.4 points per game in 6.3 minutes per game.
The forward looked like a potential diamond in the rough after his rookie summer league performance in 2019 and a decent freshman campaign with the G-League Salt Lake City Stars as well. Standing at 6-5 but with a weight of 250 pounds, Brantley moves flexibly on the ground, especially on public court. He averaged 18.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game for the Stars during that rookie season, and the Jazz brought him back on a second two-part contract the following year. .
But last year was more difficult for the College of Charleston recruit, having played only one game with the Stars and not being able to make an impact at the NBA level. A disappointing performance in this year’s summer league apparently sealed his fate.
Still, the Jazz had offered him a qualifying offer for the 2021-22 season, an offer that guaranteed him around $ 84,000 if he decided to accept. While most players end up ignoring the qualifying offer in order to sign a bigger deal, Brantley and his side looked at the deal and decided to accept it. As the Jazz have now given up, Brantley will earn that money, plus any salary he can find in the international basketball market for the 2021-22 season with another team.
Meanwhile, the Jazz could choose to fill 15th place for the upcoming season, but it may be more likely that they will leave it open for now, given that they are currently well above of luxury tax and should pay multiples of any free agent signing contract. Staying with 14 players for now would also allow them more flexibility to recruit a player from the buyback market later in the season.