The Utah Jazz waived guard Walter Bond Saturday to make room for Jay Humphries to come off the injured list.
"It was a general consensus that the other players were ahead of Walter," said Jazz coach Jerry Sloan.Bond, 25, said the move didn't come as a complete surprise, despite the fact he had played well. In his third NBA season, Bond was shooting 51.5 percent from the field, including 41.2 from the three-point line. His minutes had dwindled lately, however, giving him an inkling of his future.
"To be honest with you, I anticipated it," he said. "When you're not drafted or not acquired through trade, when you don't come with a lot of accolades, you're viewed differently. I'll carry that with me my whole career."
Bond said he expects to find a job with another NBA team soon.
"I don't anticipate being out of work too long," he said. "I plan on being a starter in this league."
The 32-year-old Humphries has not played a minute yet this season while recuperating from offseason knee surgery.