It looks like Brock Motum is going to get another shot at catching the eye of an NBA general manager, as Cougfan.com's Braulio Perez is reporting that Motum will play with Utah Jazz in the Las Vegas summer league.
Motum, a two-time all-Pac-12 performer at WSU, spent his first season of professional ball overseas with Virtus Bologna in Italy's top league. He didn't have a great year statistically, averaging just 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in a shade under 23 minutes a night, and he struggled a bit shooting the ball from deep -- just 30 percent on 63 attempts. Careful examination of his translated game-by-game page reveals that he likely was dealing with an injury of some variety at the end of the season.
Motum did sign a two-year deal with Virtus, but it includes an out if he can latch on with an NBA team after the first season. He signed the contract after playing with the Philadelphia 76ers last summer, but he really didn't get a lot of run with the squad. Here's to hoping this goes better, as the Jazz obvious see something intriguing in the Coug.
This is part of what hopefully is a busy summer for Motum, who played extensive minutes for the Australia national team in a four-game series with China in early June (as seen in the picture above). In his debut with the senior team -- on what was a second-choice roster -- Motum led the Boomers in scoring and had a sequence in the first game in which he scored the final four points and blocked a shot (no really!) at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime. Perhaps he has played his way into a roster spot alongside Aron Baynes with the Boomers in the FIBA World Cup in Spain at the end of August.
Back stateside, Motum isn't the only Coug playing summer ball, as D.J. Shelton has hooked on with the Atlanta Hawks for a look. Additionally, Josh Akognon will try and turn some heads playing for the D-League Select team in Vegas. Fresh off an NBA championship, Aron Baynes will not play in the summer league for the San Antonio Spurs, as he did last summer.