Report: Jazz to acquire Steve Novak from Raptors

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Steve Novak is headed to Utah.
Steve Novak is headed to Utah. (USATSI)

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The Toronto Raptors have agreed to trade forward Steve Novak and a future second-round pick to the Utah Jazz, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Utah will send back point guard Diante Garrett, who has an unguaranteed contract for next year and will be waived by the Raptors.

Novak shot 43 percent from the three-point line in his one season in Toronto, but only appeared in 54 regular-season games. His role was significantly reduced after a December trade brought stretch-four Patrick Patterson, among others, to the Raptors.

The move means the Jazz will sign on for the final two years of Novak's contract. He is owed $3.45 million in 2014-2015, and $3.75 million in 2015-2016. He has the ability to help Utah's spacing tremendously, but the team will need to cover for him on defense. The future picks are now piling up for the Jazz, too.

Toronto needed to create roster spots if it wanted to add more pieces this summer, and moving that salary helps, too. The Raptors have agreed to new deals with Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson, and an agreement with Greivis Vasquez is reportedly imminent. While Novak is one of the best spot-up shooters on the planet, Toronto pounced at an opportunity to create flexibility.

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