SALT LAKE CITY — Jazz guard Carrick Felix had a rough debut with his new team.
Felix, acquired this offseason via a trade with Cleveland, injured his left shoulder during Utah’s first practice Tuesday morning at Zions Bank Basketball Center.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard is expected to be out for about four weeks after X-rays revealed that he has a Grade 1 AC joint sprain, the team announced.
Felix, a second-year player from Arizona State, was hoping to work his way into the Jazz’s backcourt rotation, but that rehab time will leave him sidelined until just before the Oct. 29 season opener at home against the Houston Rockets.
Felix averaged 2.7 points and 40 percent 3-point shooting in seven appearances with the Cavaliers last season. The Jazz’s new No. 8 was drafted 33rd overall by Cleveland in 2013.
The Las Vegas native was traded to Utah this offseason in exchange for John Lucas III, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy as the Cavs tried to clear salary space in the aftermath of signing LeBron James. Utah also received a 2015 second-round pick and an undisclosed amount of cash in the deal.
EXTENSION TALKS: At media day, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said the team has commenced contract extension talks with the camps of fourth-year players Enes Kanter and Alec Burks.
Both players said they are going to concentrate on basketball while letting their agents negotiate.
“Right now, just my focus (is) on basketball and just getting better with the new stuff, new coaches, new everything,” Kanter said. “I’m not really worried about all these things. I’m letting my agent handle that stuff. I’m just waiting to see what’s going to happen.”
“It’s an exciting time in my life. I feel like I’m playing a game that I love,” Burks said. “Trying to get a contract extension is great. I have a great agent. The Jazz is great with it. I feel like everything will work out.”
The players will become restricted free agents next offseason if they’re unable to come to terms on extensions before Oct. 31.
SNEAK PEEK: The Jazz’s annual open scrimmage will take place Monday night at 6:30 at EnergySolutions Arena. Doors to the free event open at 5 p.m.
Traditionally, this scrimmage includes a Q&A session, the intrasquad game and the ever-popular rookie dance-off.
Utah begins the preseason the following night, hosting Portland on Tuesday for the first of eight exhibition games.