The Utah Jazz ended a four-year playoff drought last season by going with a defense-first approach to the game. That appears to be the driving force behind their first free-agent deal of the offseason as well.
According to multiple reports, the Jazz and former Atlanta Hawks defensive stopper Thabo Sefolosha have agreed to a two-year deal. The Jazz will add Sefolosha to a team that ranked third in Defensive Rating and already boasts Kia Defensive Player of the Year runner-up Rudy Gobert and new point guard Ricky Rubio (who ranked ninth in the NBA in steals last season).
The Jazz has agreed to deal with Thabo Sefolosha, league source tells ESPN
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2017
— Dunk Bait (@DunkBait) July 12, 2017
Can confirm that the Jazz are signing 33-year-old small forward Thabo Sefolosha to a two-year deal. He's played for Hawks, OKC and Bulls.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) July 12, 2017
Yes. I'd expect the Jazz to try and add another big https://t.co/BLkcvJAnWd
— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) July 12, 2017