SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz announced Tuesday that the team has hired reigning NBA Development League coach of the year and former University of Utah standout, Alex Jensen, to the position of player development assistant.
Jensen will work alongside fellow player development assistant Johnnie Bryant to create and implement individual skill development plans for all Jazz players. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
"I am excited to welcome Alex back to Utah and into the Jazz family," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "Alex is a skilled young coach who, along with Johnnie, will be a valuable component of our player development process."
Jensen most recently served as the head coach of the NBA D-League Select Team in the 2013 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, leading his squad to a 4-1 record against NBA team entries and advancing them to the quarterfinals of the inaugural summer league tournament.
The Bountiful native Jensen attended Viewmont High School, leading the Vikings to a state basketball title as a junior.
He played four seasons at Utah, and helped the Utes to the NCAA championship game in 1998 alongside future NBA players Andre Miller and Michael Doleac.
* MAVS SIGN ELLIS, FINISHING OFF STARTING LINEUP: The Mavericks have signed free agent shooting guard Monta Ellis, finishing off the final piece of their new starting lineup.
Terms of the deal announced Tuesday weren't disclosed. It is reportedly a three-year contract for between $25 and $30 million.
Ellis will start alongside point guard Jose Calderon, another free agent addition. The third new starter is center Samuel Dalembert.
It's the second straight year the Mavericks have put three new starters around Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion.
The 27-year-old Ellis will start the season with a different team for the third straight year after spending his first six seasons with Golden State. The Warriors traded Ellis to Milwaukee in 2011-12, and he led the Bucks last season at 19.2 points per game, slightly below his career average.
* WARRIORS SIGN FREE AGENT CENTER JERMAINE O'NEAL: The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent center Jermaine O'Neal, who had reached agreement on a contract two weeks ago.
The Warriors announced the deal for the six-time All-Star on Tuesday.
Golden State is likely to use the 34-year-old O'Neal as a backup to Andrew Bogut. Festus Ezeli is working back from right knee surgery and is not expected to be ready to return for months.
O'Neal played in 55 games with four starts last season for the Phoenix Suns, averaging 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 18.7 minutes. The 6-foot-11 center is entering his 18th season in the NBA.
* NOEL, THE NEW MAN IN TOWN, INTRODUCED BY 76ERS: Nerlens Noel was finally introduced to the media on Tuesday afternoon.
He may not be introduced to the Philadelphia fans on the court until 2014.
Noel was acquired by the 76ers in a draft night trade last month with the New Orleans Pelicans. Philadelphia acquired the rights to Noel and a first-round pick, which is top-five protected, for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and a second-round choice.
Noel was projected by many as the No. 1 overall selection, but he may have dropped some slots after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in February. He played only 24 games for the University of Kentucky but was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.4 blocked shots and 2.1 steals in 32 minutes per game.
Noel is uncertain of his return and is scheduled to visit a doctor Wednesday at the University of Pennsylvania.
"I'm doing six hours of rehab a day," Noel said, "(and) I'm making a lot of progress."