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NBA Free Agency 2017: Thabo Sefolosha agrees to deal with Utah Jazz

Farewell, Thabo.

NBA: Utah Jazz at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Thabo Sefolosha enjoyed a stellar tenure with the Atlanta Hawks, including a prominent role on the team’s 60-win explosion in 2014-2015. However, that season was unfortunately cut short due to the NYPD incident and, in 2016-2017, Sefolosha somewhat mysteriously disappeared from Atlanta’s playoff rotation despite all reports indicating he was fully healthy.

With that as the backdrop, it was not a well-kept secret that Sefolosha would likely be elsewhere for the 2017-2018 season and beyond. On Wednesday, he reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Utah Jazz.

Sefolosha fills a nice role with the Jazz as a defense-first wing alongside the likes of Rodney Hood and Alec Burks. He is, quite obviously, not a “replacement” for Gordon Hayward but the veteran defender can positively impact things in Utah, much as he has in every NBA stop along the way.

Thabo Sefolosha was a tremendous role player in Atlanta and he’ll certainly be missed.