Multiple reports this afternoon, including Alex Kennedy with HoopsWorld/USA Today and Marc Spears with Yahoo Sports, say the Utah Jazz are expected to sign Santa Cruz Warriors guard Travis Leslie.
Alex Kennedy: The Utah Jazz have called up Travis Leslie from the D-League, according to sources close to the situation.
Marc Spears: Jazz expected to sign D-League Santa Cruz Warriors guard Travis Leslie, a source told Y! Sports.
There was no comment by the Warriors, but with the amount of smoke, it seems likely Leslie will eventually get called up (no surprise) to the NBA. He was named No. 1 on the D-League’s Prospect Watch early on Friday.
And if it is, in fact, the Jazz, the announcement could come as early as Saturday but more likely on Monday.
Leslie, who won the D-League All-Star Game’s MVP award earlier this month, was still in Santa Cruz on Friday night. He didn’t play during the Warriors’ 86-64 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce, and was listed as a non-participant for personal reasons.
He would likely be signed to a 10-day contract with the Jazz, but the problem with doing that Saturday is Utah is currently playing in New York. If they signed him Monday, he could instead fly to Utah for its home game against Detroit and could begin a 10-day contract without jet lag.
Chris Johnson, if you remember, had a similar situation. Rumors swirled of his departure after he sat out of the Warriors’ game on a Friday night (when the Timberwolves didn’t have a game), was announced as a call-up by Minnesota on Saturday morning, and played in the team’s game that night.
As for the Warriors, this is a pretty big blow, but one they should be able to bounce back from (much like how they have without Chris Johnson in the lineup).
Leslie was the team’s leading scorer, averaging 16.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 27 minutes. The team was able to win Friday night, and they’ll have another game to adjust against last-place Idaho on Saturday (even though the Stampede has had the Warriors’ number this season).