Utah Jazz second-year forward Bryon Russell agreed to a new contract with the team Wednesday, The team doesn't release contract details, but Russell said it is a three-year pact.
"This is a good deal for me," Russell said. "Now I feel secure. I'm ready to start camp."Russell, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Long Beach State, was a second-round draft pick last year. He saw action in 67 of 82 regular-season games, including 48 as a starter. He averaged five points and 2.7 rebounds per game, shooting 48.4 percent from the field.
"Now I just gotta work on being the best I can be for the next three years and hope for more after that," he said.
Russell's signing brings to 10 the number of Jazz players with guaranteed contracts, including four guards, four forwards and two centers. Of the 14 players invited to veterans' camp so far, four are unsigned: rookies Jamie Watson and Billy McCaffrey and veterans Walter Bond and Stephen Howard.