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.
The Jazz has agreed to deal with Thabo Sefolosha, league source tells ESPN— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2017
Free agent Thabo Sefolosha has agreed to a two-year, $10.5M deal with the Utah Jazz, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 12, 2017
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.