OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed former Arizona Wildcat forward Grant Jerrett of the Tulsa 66ers to a contract.
General manager Sam Presti announced the signing Monday.
The 6-foot-10-inch, 230-pound Jerrett joins the Thunder after averaging 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds a game during the past season with the 66ers.
The 66ers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the Thunder.
Jerrett left the UA after his freshman year and was selected as the 40th player in the NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. His rights were traded to Oklahoma City for cash soon after the draft.
Jerrett averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 17.8 minutes a game as a freshman.Mourning, 3 others picked for Naismith
DALLAS — Alonzo Mourning, who won an NBA title with the Miami Heat, was voted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday.
Joining him were former NBA star Mitch Richmond, and NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams.
The women’s team from Immaculata College, which won three straight national championships in the 1970s, also was chosen.Muhammad, Budinger finished for season
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Timberwolves forwards Chase Budinger and Shabazz Muhammad will miss the final six games of the season with injuries.
Former Arizona Wildcat Budinger sprained his ankle against Orlando on Saturday night and Muhammad sprained the MCL in his right knee on Friday night against Miami.Pacers try to figure out what’s wrong
INDIANAPOLIS — The Pacers can’t figure out what’s wrong.
For most of this season, they held the NBA’s best record. Until last week, they had been No. 1 in the Eastern Conference.
But after going 33-8 over the first half of the season, the Pacers have stumbled to a 20-17 mark over the second half and have fallen behind two-time defending champion Miami.
Things aren’t getting any better. Since beating the Heat on March 26, the Pacers have lost five of six, blown a three-game lead over the Heat and on Sunday night scored 23 first-half points — an all-time franchise low — all while benching All-Star center Roy Hibbert for the final 30 minutes.Rim shotsSacramento Mayor and former NBA All-StarKevin Johnsonwill lead a search committee to select a new executive director for the NBA Players Association.