Free agent center Jeff Withey signed with the Utah Jazz on a two-year deal, the team announced on Monday. The details of the contract are unavailable, according to team policy.
The 7-footer was a second round pick of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2013 and was traded to New Orleans in exchange of Robin Lopez. Withey featured two years for New Orleans Pelicans. Withey averaged 3.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 95 games over two seasons at New Orleans which earned him a fresh deal with Jazz.
Withey was named Big 12 Defensive player of the year in Kanas in 2012 and 2013.
Withey In Utah Jazz
Withey has signed a two-year deal with Jazz, which is partially guaranteed. The second year of his contract is a team option.
Withey is signed as a back-up of starters like Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors. Aside from these two, the front-court of the team is crowded by Trevor Booker, Trey Lyles, Tibor Pleiss, Jack Cooley and Grant Jerrett.
The Jazz finished 38-44 last season, and following the All-star break of the league, posted the sixth best performance.
Withey now has a strong chance of featuring in the Utah Jazz’s opening night roster as the team now has only 13 players with guaranteed contracts.