The Utah Jazz signed 7-foot center Jeff Withey to a two-year partially guaranteed contract according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on August 24. The second-year of the deal is reportedly a team option.
Withey saw limited time last year with the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in 37 contests last year. He saw just 7.0 minutes of action per game though he did make 50 percent of his shots. The 2013 second pick of the Portland TrailBlazers has appeared in 95 career games and averaged 3.0 points along with 2.3 boards.
Withey’s signing means that Utah now has 19 players under contract — 13 players have guaranteed contracts — , which includes seven “bigs”. KSL is reporting that the Jazz could fill out their 20-man training camp roster with 6-foot-7 forward J.J. O’Brien, an undrafted rookie free agent out of San Diego State.
Withey seemingly has a good chance of making the team as he will compete with Chris Johnson, Grant Jerrett, Jack Cooley, Elijah Millsap, Bryce Cotton and O’Brein (if he does indeed sign) for the team’s final three roster spots.
Withey,who has a 7-foot-3 wingspan, is a defensive force and averages 3.8 blocks per 100 possessions. He possesses decent mobility and is a good rebounder. Offensively, Withey will convert a high percentage of his shots close to the basket but he needs to improve his range on the jumper.
Other NBA news for August 25
- Wojnarowski is also reporting that the Los Angeles Lakers are mulling over the possibility of signing Metta World Peace to a one-year deal. The 35-year old forward has not played in the NBA since the 2013-14 season. He spent last year with the Sichuan Blue Whales in the Chinese Basketball Association and Pallacanestro Cantu of the Italian League, where he averaged13.3 points and 4.0 caroms.
- Jeff Adrien and New Orleans are reportedly closing in on a one-year deal. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 3.5 points along with 4.5 boards in 17 games with the Minnesota Timberwolves last year.
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is finalizing a four-year, $52-million extension with the Charlotte Hornets. The new deal is expected to be signed later this year and will keep the 21-year old from becoming a restricted free agent.
- Former Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko has been elected the head of the Russia Basketball Federation according to ESPN.
- Sean Kilpatrick, who spent time with Minnesota last year, will work out for the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans soon. He has already worked out with San Antonio and the Los Angeles Lakers this summer.