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Juwan Morgan signs Exhibit 10 contract with Utah Jazz


Senior forward Juwan Morgan scores against Illinois on Jan. 3 in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. IU defeated Illinois, 73-65. Alex Deryn

After signing a summer league contract with the Utah Jazz and averaging 4.7 points and rebounds per game, Juwan Morgan has signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the organization, which gives him an invite to the team's training camp.

Introduced in the NBA’s most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement, Exhibit 10 contracts are one-year deals worth the minimum salary. They don’t come with any compensation protection but can include an optional bonus ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.

If Morgan attends camp with the Jazz and is waived before the regular season begins, he would be moved to the Jazz's G-League team. In that scenario, if he remains with the G-League affiliate for 60 days, he’d be entitled to his full $50,000 bonus. If he decides to go play overseas instead, he wouldn't get the bonus.

Another way for Morgan to get his bonus is if the Jazz convert his Exhibit 10 contract into a two-way contract, making the $50,000 bonus turn into a salary guarantee for Morgan.

Each NBA roster can have a maximum of 15 players, plus two players on two-way deals during the regular season. In the offseason, rosters increase to 20, allowing clubs to bring a few extra players to camp to audition for a place on the regular-season roster or a spot on the team’s G-League affiliate.

Morgan's future will depend on how he fairs at the Jazz's training camp, and IU fans are used to seeing the former Hoosier outwork opponents for success.

Despite being an undersized forward in the Big Ten during his four years with IU, Morgan finished his career 24th in career scoring with 1,374 points, 10th in rebounds with 757, fourth in career field goal percentage at 56.2% and eighth in blocked shots with 138.

Morgan went undrafted in the 2019 NBA draft but played in the summer league with the Jazz, appearing in six of seven games. His best outing was against the Minnesota Timberwolves when he had eight points, nine boards and two assists, blocks and steals apiece.

NBA training camps usually open around the end of the September before the season begins in late October.

"All hard work brings a profit, but this is only the beginning," Morgan said in an IU athletics press release. "I'm ready to do whatever is needed of me to help the team succeed."

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