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Report: Raptors trade Steve Novak to Utah Jazz

Jul 4, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

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The Utah Jazz have some interesting young pieces up front — Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Jeremy Evans — but none who can really stretch the floor. In general the Jazz were one of the worst three point shooting teams in the NBA.

They have a shooter now — Steve Novak.

The Raptors have traded him to the Jazz, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

In a move to create salary cap space, the Toronto Raptors have reached an agreement to send Steve Novak to the Utah Jazz, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Along with Novak and the two years and $7.2 million left on his contract, the Raptors will send a future second-round draft pick to Utah, sources said. The deal can’t be completed until the league’s moratorium ends on Thursday. The Jazz will send the Raptors guard Diante Garrett, who, with a $915,000 non-guaranteed deal for this season, will be waived, sources said.

That clears out cap space for the Raptors, who just agreed to pay Kyle Lowry $12 million a season starting next year.

Novak is a stretch four who is a career 43.2 percent shooter from beyond the arc but didn’t really fit in the Raptors rotation much last year, lost behind Patrick Patterson.

  1. csbanter - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Novakaine as he was known in NY can shoot hopefully he gets playing time in Utah.

  2. andreboy1 - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Is Jeremy Evans interesting because he can jump really, really high?

    Because that’s all I’ve ever seen him do on the court.

  3. therealhtj - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Jazz always on the lookout for a brighter future.

    • seansull83 - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      And will continue to do so…

  4. sportsnut101 - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    What’s the point of having shooters if u not gonna use them
    Hey raptors spurs won with shooting n ball movement

  5. saint1997 - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    He really left the media spotlight when he left NY, he was absolutely lethal though I mean you just couldn’t leave him

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      He was so lethal the Knicks traded him faster than you can say Knicks suck.

      • mazblast - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        Is being dumped by the Knicks necessarily a reflection on one’s ability to contribute?

  6. garybrian - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Didn’t seem very consistent with Raptors. One time good next time not. Good luck with your new team, Steve.

  7. JMClarkent - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    I think that with a Favors/Kanter front court and two point guards in the back court Steve could get some nice looks off the bench.

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