Danuel House on signing with the Utah Jazz
Danuel House Jr.’s last 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz expired Feb. 8, so the free agent vanguard left Salt Lake City, but he hoped it wouldn’t be for long.
He had made a good impression on the Jazz in his limited minutes and had quickly taken a liking to head coach Quin Snyder and the rest of the team – a contending team that needed help on the perimeter, someone who could provide defense and courage.
It seemed like a perfect fit.
After the trade deadline expired last Thursday, the Jazz contacted House and offered him a contract to be on the roster for the rest of the season.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” House said on Sunday. “The way this season has gone, it’s been difficult, especially for me.
“To be able to get more stability, it relieves the spirit. To add to that, it’s a good organization and they believe in me so much. They pour into me.
Intensity and competitive spirit were what the Jazz wanted from House during his three 10-day contracts with the team, and that’s exactly what he brought.
“The only thing I wanted to do was control my effort,” House said, “and then let the (front) office and the coaches say, ‘Yeah, we need this guy. All I wanted was to control the little things, the things they needed my help with.
After House officially signed with the Jazz for the rest of the season, he was ready to play his first game with the team as a full roster member, but began to feel a little soreness. shoulder before the denunciation last Friday. against the Orlando Magic.
The Jazz decided to hold House, but he assured reporters on Sunday that it was no big deal, that he had been tested, examined and treated thoroughly and that he was ready to return to action.
House was a full participant in practice Sunday and is not listed on the Jazz’s injury report prior to Monday’s game at Vivint Arena against his former team, the Houston Rockets.
After spending just over three seasons with the Rockets, House was restless earlier this season, but the COVID-19 hardship contracts available to teams this season gave House another chance to show he was still there. capable of what he had shown through multiple playoffs. with Houston.
After a rocky 10-day contract with the New York Knicks, House signed a rocky contract with the Jazz, then two more standard 10-day contracts, and it was exactly the opportunity he was hoping for.
“Not only that, but it’s a chance to come out here and make some noise,” House said. “The things I prayed for are coming to fruition, so I’m happy about that.”