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Utah Jazz cut Dahntay Jones, Jack Cooley to bring roster to 15

Utah's Dahntay Jones shoots as the Utah Jazz hold a public scrimmage before heading into pre-season games Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
Utah's Dahntay Jones shoots as the Utah Jazz hold a public scrimmage before heading into pre-season games Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
Tom Smart, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — And then there were 15.

The Utah Jazz announced Wednesday afternoon that two more players have been waived from their roster with a week left before the 2014-15 season tips off.

Veteran guard Dahntay Jones and rookie power forward Jack Cooley were the latest players to be cut from the Jazz.

That move means Utah doesn't have to make any more player transactions leading up to next week's deadline when NBA teams have to settle on rosters between 13-15 deep.

This, of course, doesn't guarantee that something else won't happen.

As it stands, former Washington State power forward Brock Motum and second-year guard Toure' Murry are the only players on the team whose contracts aren't fully guaranteed for the upcoming season.

Jones' release is somewhat surprising, considering the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder played in six of the Jazz's first seven preseason games. The 33-year-old, trying to get back into the NBA after a year away, averaged 3.2 points and 1.0 rebounds in 11.8 minutes for the Jazz.

Cooley only saw limited action in two exhibition games, as the bulky 6-9 big man averaged 3.5 points and 3.0 boards.

The Jazz, who won at Oklahoma City on Tuesday to improve to 5-2, wrap up their eight-game preseason schedule Friday night at home against the Phoenix Suns. The game won't be televised, but the team will stream it live at utahjazz.com within a 75-mile radius of EnergySolutions Arena.

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