UPDATE: Ryan Thompson likely to play for Utah Flash of NBDL
Ryan Thompson won't start the year with the Utah Jazz, but the former Rider standout is leaning torward staying with the organization.
Hours after being waived by the NBA team along with three other players, Thompson said by phone that he will likely begin the year with the team's developmental league affilate, the Utah Flash.
"I'm used to it out here," he said. "I haven't made a final decision, but I talked to my agent. I'm going to stay out here and work out, and we'll go from there."
Thompson, who signed a non-guaranteed contract with the team in August, was one of four players waived before Thursday's practice.
The team also cut Sundiata Gaints, Othyus Jeffers and Demetrius Nichols, reducing the number of players in camp from 17 to 13. Second-round pick Jeremy Evans is the lone player remaining with a non-guaranteed contract.
Thompson, a two-time first-team all-MAAC selection who finished fourth on the Broncs' career scoring list, said earlier in the day that he was weighing his options and could end up with another NBA team.
But he decided his best option may be with the Utah organization, which could call him up in the event of an injury or another roster move.
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan told the Deseret News earlier Thursday that he had been impressed with Thompson and the other players the team waived.
"If you'd been here and seen those guys practice every day and the work that they put in and then you watch them play when they got in the games, they didn't fade away," Sloan said. "They kept playing hard. They kept working hard. Hopefully they get a chance to play again."
Thompson, undrafted despite strong performances in pre-draft camps, played for the Boston Celtics in the Orlando summer league and the Sacramento Kings -- older broother Jason's team -- in the Las Vegas league.
He declined a camp invite from the Kings, opting instead to sign with Utah. Despite making one start and impressing Sloan and some of Utah's veterans, he had a quiet training camp, finishing last on the team in scoring and rebounding.
The developmental league, though, could give him a second chance to make an impression.