Utah’s deal with Morsell was reported shortly after he was not drafted in June.
The 38th overall pick in the 2020 draft, Lee spent his first two NBA seasons with the Pistons, first on a two-way deal and then on a standard deal. He appeared in 85 total games for the team, averaging 5.6 points, 2.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game, while shooting 0.434/0.265/ 0.731.
Lee was part of the trade that sent Bojan Bogdanovic in Detroit, heading to Utah under the deal with Kelly Olynik. He was included for salary-matching purposes, with the Pistons sending the Jazz the exact amount of money needed to cover his guaranteed salary for 2022/23 ($1,752,638). It was a sign that he might not be in Utah’s plans for the season, and Jones later said Lee would probably need to have “hell of a camp” to stay. with the team.
The move is the first of several the Jazz will need to make to clear the roster hold before the start of the regular season later this month. Once Lee is officially waived, Utah will still have 17 players with fully guaranteed salaries, plus Cody Zellerwho is in the running for a spot in the regular-season roster on an unsecured deal.
Cutting Lee will open up a spot on Utah’s 20-man roster for the team to officially sign Micah Potter to a two-way contract, notes Jones (by Twitter). Porter’s deal with the Jazz was reported last month.