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Rayjon Tucker and Emmanuel Mudiay among familiar Jazz faces at Summer League

Tucker and Mudiay are just a couple of the players with ties to the Jazz organization who are playing in Las Vegas.

Portland Trail Blazers’ Emmanuel Mudiay (58) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers’ Daniel Oturu during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Las Vegas.
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LAS VEGAS — When the Utah Jazz Summer League team takes on the Philadelphia 76ers in their final game on Tuesday, they’ll see a familiar face.

Rayjon Tucker, the 2019 G League standout who earned a deal with the Jazz in 2020 before being traded to the Cavaliers in the offseason last year is now with the Sixers and is still making the same athletic, high-flying plays that endeared him to Jazz fans.

Tucker, who was on a two-way contract with the Sixers through the 2020-21 season, signed a second two-way contract with the Sixers for the upcoming 2021-22 season and is averaging 8.8 points per game through four Summer League contests with Philadelphia.

But Tucker isn’t the only familiar Jazz face seen. The Minivan himself, Georges Niang, who recently signed with the Sixers during free agency, was checking out the young players on his new squad this weekend.

Emmanuel Mudiay, whose last NBA stint was with the Jazz during the 2019-20 season, joined the Portland Trail Blazers and said that he still keeps in touch with his former Jazz teammates.

“I built good relationships over there, I have nothing but positive things to say,” Mudiay said. “Mike Conley is like a big brother, everybody is cool with Mike.”

Grant Jarrett, who played three games for the Jazz in 2015 and spent most of his time on assignment in the G League is playing for the Detroit Pistons.

Former SLC Stars players are also featured across multiple Summer League rosters, including Trevon Bluiett and Tre Scott with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Malcolm Miller with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Romaro Gill with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Marcus Graves with the Sacramento Kings.

On the coaching side, Jarron Collins, who played for the Jazz from 2001-2009, is in Las Vegas as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Pelicans.

While the familiarity of former teammates and players they know throughout the league has been a nice perk about being in Las Vegas, the Jazz are hoping to beat Tucker and the Sixers in their final game on Tuesday, redeeming themselves from the Jazz’s lone loss on Sunday.