The Utah Jazz and forward Royce O’Neale have agreed to a four-year extension worth $36 million, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
O’Neale, a 26-year-old small forward, was set to become a restricted free agent this summer. However, he worked out an extension with the Jazz that will keep him in Utah through his age-30 season.
Once an undrafted free agent in 2015, O’Neale worked his way from playing overseas from 2015-’17 to playing for Utah’s affiliate in the G-League. O’Neale made his debut in 2017 with Utah and has climbed his way up the rotation since.
The 6-foot-4 forward has started in 39 games this season and plays nearly 30 minutes per night. O’Neale enters Sunday averaging 6.2 points, five rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Utah is sitting comfortably with the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. Now with their 3-and-D specialist locked up and Mike Conley healthy, the Jazz can focus on climbing even higher in the conference standings.