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Utah Jazz officially sign Jared Butler

Utah Jazz guard Jared Butler speaks during a press conference in Salt Lake City.
Utah Jazz guard Jared Butler speaks during a press conference at the Zions Bank Basketball Campus in Salt Lake City on Saturday, July 31, 2021. Butler was the No. 40 draft pick in the NBA, and reportedly signed a two-year contract on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Recent draft pick Jared Butler has cemented his spot as a member of the Utah Jazz.

On Thursday morning, Butler’s agency Priority Sports announced on Twitter that Butler and the Jazz had agreed to a contract, and the Jazz formally announced it late Thursday afternoon.

Priority Sports said the deal is guaranteed for two years. The Jazz don’t ever announce terms of deals, in line with most if not all professional teams.

While first-round picks (the first 30) are guaranteed multiyear contracts, second-round players are not, although Butler’s guaranteed deal is not entirely unique for a player taken in the range he was at No. 40.

In truth, Butler was widely expected to be a first-round pick, although some medical concerns arose that may have made teams wary of selecting him in the first round because of the contract guarantee.

Butler has not and will not play for the Jazz in summer league because it has been quite some time since he has played competitively, general manager Justin Zanik said last week.