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The NBA announced today that it has fined the Los Angeles Clippers $250,000 for violating NBA rules prohibiting teams from offering players unauthorized business or investment opportunities. InsideHoops
The violation involved a presentation made by the Clippers to free agent DeAndre Jordan on July 2 that improperly included a potential third-party endorsement opportunity for the player. While the NBA’s investigation ultimately concluded that the presentation of this opportunity had no impact on Jordan’s decision to re-sign with the Clippers (especially since he reportedly then agreed to sign with the Dallas Mavericks before later changing his mind), the team’s conduct nevertheless violated the league’s anti-circumvention rules. InsideHoops
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed center Jeff Withey to a multi-year contract. Withey (7-0, 222, Kansas) spent the past two seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 3.0 points on 52.3 percent shooting, 2.3 rebounds and 0.72 blocks in 9.9 minutes over 95 career games (four starts). InsideHoops
The Utah Jazz are set to sign free agent center Jeff Withey to a partially guaranteed deal, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.
Withey, 25, played in 95 games with the New Orleans Pelicans during his first two years in the NBA. The 7-footer averaged 3 points and 2.2 rebounds in limited minutes as a backup in New Orleans and brings more shot-blocking to the Jazz’s frontcourt. Salt Lake Tribune
The 25-year-old Withey averaged just seven minutes per game for New Orleans last season while playing in less than half (37) of the team's contests. He averaged 2.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game in 2014-15. His top effort last season came when Withey scored 14 points and had eight rebounds while playing 29 minutes in a blowout loss against Golden State in March. Deseret News
The Rockets, who have 14 players with guaranteed contacts, are expected to sign Chuck Hayes next and then second-round pick Montrezl Harrell. Free agent rookie Christian Wood will also be brought to camp on a partially guaranteed contract, according to an individual with knowledge of the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. Houston Chronicle
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has re-signed guard Jason Terry. Terry (6-2, 180, Arizona) played 77 games for the Houston Rockets during the 2014-15 season averaging 7.0 points, 1.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game. The sixteenth year guard also played in and started all 17 games for the Rockets during the 2015 NBA Playoffs averaging 9.2 points, 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per game. InsideHoops
After serving various scouting positions with the Lakers for the past six years, Ryan West was promoted to be the team’s director of player personnel. West had recently served as the Lakers’ assistant director of scouting and worked along with Lakers director of scouting Jesse Buss. West also worked as a scout with the Memphis Grizzlies for eight years. LA Daily News
Taxpayers won’t foot the bill for operations and maintenance of a new $50 million practice facility being planned by the Indiana Pacers, a spokesman for the Capital Improvement Board said. Monday, the CIB unanimously approved a resolution to negotiate a new practice home for the Pacers. Pacers Sports & Entertainment formally proposed building the gym, office and retail space during Monday’s board meeting. The five-story structure would replace an employee parking lot on Delaware Street across from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indianapolis Star
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