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Jazz sign forward Royce O'Neale to 4-year, $36 million extension

Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale has signed a contract extension, the team announced Sunday.

“Re-signing Royce to a long-term extension was a priority for our organization,” said Dennis Lindsey, Jazz executive vice president of basketball operations. “Royce is an elite defender and has really shown the ability to spread the floor with his shooting. We feel he brings a versatility to our team that’s vital to our success. We’re happy that we were able to retain not only a great player in Royce, but also a tremendous person.”

“We’ve been really pleased with Royce’s development over the past two-and-half seasons with us,” said Jazz General Manager Justin Zanik. “His progress is a testament to the work ethic he has brought to our team since his first training camp. We’re excited to watch him grow even more in a Jazz uniform.”

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal is a four-year, $36 million extension.

O’Neale, who was set to become a restricted free agent this summer, is having a career year with Utah, which is currently fourth in the Western Conference.

O’Neale has played all 42 games this season, averaging 6.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists while shooting 47.2% from the field, 44.3% on 3s.