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Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz will extend G/F Joe Ingles a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned
Jody Genessy: Can confirm the Jazz have extended a qualifying offer to Joe Ingles. That makes him a restricted free agent. @Tony Jones first reported.
Ingles is eligible to sign a $1.5 million qualifying offer for next season. “Obviously both sides are pretty mutually interested in coming back,” he said Thursday in his adorable Aussie accent. “I had a great conversation with (head coach) Quin (Snyder) and the staff, so we’ll obviously see what happens. I think everyone knows I’m free, so we’ll see what happens. But there’s definitely mutual interest.”
When asked if the chemistry improved after the All-Star break, Derrick Favors said, “I think it was bound to happen either way. We practiced and got better on the defensive end.’’ Then there was Joe Ingles, whose locker was next to Kanter’s. “Enes was a good guy,’’ he said. “We had no issue with him in the locker room or on the court.’’
Having won a title, Ingles understood it enough to “want a crack” at the NBA. The Clippers were interested — and signed him to a nonguaranteed contract before the start of the season. He was cut. Within 48 hours, the Jazz were on the line, inviting him to Salt Lake. He came, not knowing what the experience would be like and … “Well,” he says, “I’m still here.”
It’s as though the Jazz brought Ingles in to help Exum, and then they discovered he could help them in other ways. He’s finishing a one-year deal and will be a free agent this offseason. Dennis Lindsey recently was complimentary of Ingles, saying: “He’s exceeded our expectations as a teammate and a competitor. He’s an NBA player. He’s proved that this year. Hopefully, his experience has been good enough that he’ll consider us when the time comes.”