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Grant Jerrett looking forward to new start with Jazz

In the aftermath of Thursday's trade that sent Enes Kanter and Steve Novak to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Kendrick Perkins, Grant Jerrett, the rights to Tibor Pleiss and a draft pick each from the Thunder and Detroit Pistons, there have been some questions about how the move will affect the Jazz in the short-term.

Count Jerrett as another who has uncertainties about the transaction.

"It was kind of a shocking day yesterday," he said Saturday, describing his first hours as a Jazzman in Salt Lake City. "I didn't know what to expect, just coming out here. A big question mark, really."

Among Jerrett's questions, he's unsure of where he'll live, all of his new teammates' names and what his role will be on the floor.

That last one is particularly pressing on the 21-year-old's mind.

"Still a big ol' question mark," he said with a chuckle. "I'm just gonna come in and do my job. Whatever they tell me to do, I'm gonna do it."

Known as an effective shooter from the perimeter, Jazz coach Quin Snyder said that ability is intriguing to the organization.

"His skill level is something that we're excited about," Snyder said. "His ability to stretch the floor and his youth. I think anytime you get a guy that's young, there's potential for development, and that's something that we like. It'll be good."

Selected 40th overall in the 2013 draft out of Arizona, Jerrett hasn't seen much NBA playing time. Most of his professional contributions have come as a member of the D-League's Oklahoma City Blue.

Snyder said there's reason to think the big man will get playing time in Utah, however, an idea that sounds pleasing to Jerrett after playing behind a bevy of Thunder veterans.

"I'm not the youngest anymore, so it's gonna be a little weird, but it's nice to be with guys close to my age, so it's good," he said. "I learned a lot in OKC from the older guys. That was a plus being there, but coming down here and being able to play with these guys, having knowledge from each other, learning together, it's gonna be a lot of fun."

Jerrett will don jersey No. 17.

PERKS OF A TRADE: As expected, Perkins' time as a Jazzman was short.

It was widely assumed that the veteran was part of Thursday's deal just for salary cap purposes, and the organization announced Saturday that he had been waived. He is expected to sign with a playoff contender.

ENTER EVANS: Thursday's trade left the Jazz with fewer options in the frontcourt, but it paved the way for a familiar face to get increased playing time.

Jeremy Evans played in 66 games a year ago but had seen action in just 17 this season before Friday. He hadn't played since Jan. 24.

Against Portland Friday, he played 12 minutes, scored two points and added three rebounds and an assist.

"Felt pretty good," he said. "You gotta get in the rhythm and just get the feeling back of getting out and playing."

Ryan McDonald is a part-time reporter at the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.