Utah Jazz

Cotton, Lyles Shine in Jazz OT Win

The Jazz may face interesting decisions in coming weeks following Raul Neto’s signing and Bryce Cotton’s standout performance. Trey Lyles debuts for the Utah Jazz.

Cotton Dunk

Salt Lake City—Bryce Cotton led the Jazz to a tight overtime win, but he is facing new pressure after the Jazz inked point guard Raul Neto to a multi-year deal. That locks up 3 point guards for the Jazz, at least for now.

Once news broke during the game of the Jazz signing Neto, it seemed Bryce Cotton was being shown the door. On cue, but without knowing about the signing until the postgame press conference, Cotton exploded for 20 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds.

The Jazz may have to think harder than expected when it comes to letting a point guard go. For now, the Jazz have the Las Vegas Summer League to look forward to next week.

12,128 Jazz fans cheered as Trey Lyles was announced to check in the game in his first official time as a Utah Jazz man. He started slowly, due to nerves as he would later confess, but eventually found his groove. Lyles finished with 10 points and 2 rebounds.

Four Jazz players in total scored in double digits: Cotton (20), JaJuan Johnson (12), Lyles (10), and Jack Cooley (10), who rallied a charge with Cotton late in the game to finish off the win.

Highly-touted Jahlil Okafor scored 11 points for the 76ers, behind Jordan McRae’s team-leading 19 points.

Questions will surround the young Jazz summer league team over the next few weeks, but for now, everyone remains on the roster.

Hear postgame press conferences here:
Alex Jensen:

Raul Neto:

Bryce Cotton:

Trey Lyles:


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