Scottie Reynolds took a gamble by declining the Springfield Armor's NBA D-League offer this fall. At the time, the NBA season looked like it wouldn't happen, and even if it did, there might not have been a home for the former First Team All-American guard. Scottie went all-in on his NBA dream and when the river card was drawn, he found himself a winner.
Reynolds signed a free-agent contract with the Utah Jazz today, a move that resulted from his taking part in their lockout-delayed training camp this month. He prepared for the camp by working out at the Davis Center at Villanova and acting as a scout-team player in live scrimmages.
It is hard to say what the impetus for the Jazz move was. Reynolds was still awaiting clearance from FIBA as of yesterday, and hadn't yet been able to fully participate in workouts with the team because of it. That clearance became an issue because in addition to his brief sojourn in the Italian LegaDue last season, he also spent part of his summer playing in the Philippines.
Scottie has now been cleared by FIBA to join the Jazz. The terms of the contract are not known, but it may not be a guaranteed deal and Reynolds may still be cut by the team before the NBA's short-season begins on Christmas day. The signing is a step in the direction of becoming a more permanent fixture with the organization, however, and means that he is being paid for his effort at training camp.
The Jazz currently have 17 players signed in training camp. They will need to cut at least two before the season starts.
If he does survive until Christmas, he will have plenty of competition for minutes on the team, battling Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson for minutes behind Devin Harris at the point. So don't expect to catch more than a fleeting glimpse of the young undrafted player at first.