July 06, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press the Utah Jazz have verbally agreed to a free agent deal with Joe Ingles. Details of the deal were not immediately available.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement.

The 6-foot-8, 216-pound wing started 32 games as a rookie after Alec Burks was lost for the season with a shoulder injury. He averaged 5.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 79 games. Many believed the Jazz signed Ingles, 27, last year to mentor fellow Australian rookie Dante Exum, but he proved to have value in the rotation.

Ingles is the first free agent to reach agreement with the Jazz this offseason.

The deal cannot be signed until Thursday, per league rules.

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