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Utah Jazz sign Nate Wolters to two-way contract

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have signed Nate Wolters to a two-way contract.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard played for Crvena Zvezda in Serbia last season, where he averaged 8.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

Wolters was selected No. 38 in the 2013 NBA draft out of South Dakota State by the Washington Wizards. He averaged 7.2 points and 3.2 assists in 58 games with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2013-14 season. Wolters played 42 games in 2014-15 between the Bucks, Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Pelicans.

New NBA rules allow teams to carry two players with two-way contracts in addition to the 15-man roster. The contract enables players to more easily go back and forth between the NBA and G League.

Hawks: DeAndre’ Bembry out 4-6 weeks

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DeAndre’ Bembry somehow did this without straining anything.

But his luck apparently caught up with him.

Hawks release:

Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry has sustained a strained right tricep. An MRI performed at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center on Friday, Sept. 8 confirmed the injury. He is expected to be out of basketball activity for four-to-six weeks, and his status will be updated as appropriate.

This timeline has Bembry returning around the start of regular season. Even if he’s cleared before Atlanta’s Oct. 18 opener against the Mavericks, he might be too far behind to warrant immediate playing time.

Bembry is competing with Taurean Prince, Kent Bazemore, Marco Belinelli, Luke Babbitt, Tyler Dorsey and Nicolas Brussino for wing minutes. As Bembry catches up, the Hawks might be pivoting toward tanking. So, maybe the second-year wing and team will meet in the middle, where Bembry is more ready to play and Atlanta is more willing to forgive his deficiencies.

Report: Zach Randolph has marijuana charge dropped

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Kings big Zach Randolph had his felony marijuana-distribution charge reduced to a misdemeanor – ending the threat of an NBA ban, which would have been automatically triggered by a felony marijuana-distribution conviction.

Now, it seems Randolph will avoid NBA punishment entirely.

TMZ:

we’ve learned Randolph struck a deal with prosecutors to plead no contest to misdemeanor resisting arrest … and in exchange, the pot charge was tossed completely.

Randolph was sentenced to 150 hours of community service as part of a diversion program, which means if he completes the hours and keeps his nose clean for 12 months, the resisting arrest conviction will be wiped from his record.

One more thing … Randolph was specifically told he may not associate himself with or be around drug dealers as part of the terms of the deal.

Pleading guilty or no contest to a marijuana charge would have progressed Randolph in the NBA’s marijuana program (first violation: warning, second violation: $25,000 fine, third violation: five-game suspension). But he pleaded no contest to only resisting arrest, which doesn’t typically come with additional NBA punishment.

Maybe Randolph can helpfully advise Sacramento’s younger players, after all.

Alternate jerseys for all 30 NBA teams leak

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Someone with the Twitter handle @JMoneyMikita, using an early copy of NBA 2K18, tweeted alternate uniforms for the Celtics, 76ers and Raptors:

Then, @JMoneyMikita provided images of alternate jerseys for all 30 teams to Conrad Burry of SportsLogos.net. Among the most provocative:

Warriors:

Timberwolves:

Thunder:

Check out Burry’s post for each team’s alternate uniform.

I await seeing these in live shots rather than animated, but they’re generally fun and different enough – key for alternates.

Report: Heat signing Josh Richardson to four-year, $42 million contract extension

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The Heat made another move toward securing their contributors for the long haul.

This time, its extending Josh Richardson.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Richardson’s max extension was $42,166,656 over four years with a starting salary of $9,412,200. I’m guessing he got that. Limits can be helpful in crafting a deal like this.

This is a fair price for Richardson, who has earned the minimum in his first two NBA seasons and will again this season before the extension kicks in. Maybe he would’ve gotten more in free agency next summer, but it’s hard to risk your first big pay day – especially when you’ll be a restricted free agent and the market looks tight. On the other side, Miami is projecting growth from Richardson, who turns 24 tomorrow – a reasonable bet.

Richardson is somewhere between a good and very good 3-point shooter, and the difference will go a long way in determining his value. At least he offers complementary skills as a creator and defender. Capable of playing multiple positions, he’ll fit somewhere in the Heat’s perimeter rotation.