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NBA Roundup: Mo Williams signs with Blazers, Muhammad booted from rookie program

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Veteran point guard Mo Williams agreed to a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, CBSSports.com reported Wednesday.

Williams, a free agent, averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 assists in his only season with the Utah Jazz. He was limited to 46 games in 2012-13 because of injuries.

The Jazz added Trey Burke in the 2013 NBA Draft and plan to hand him the starting point guard job this season. Williams had said he would re-sign with the Jazz only if he received assurances that he would remain the starter.

Williams joins a crowed Trail Blazers backcourt that includes Damian Lillard, Wes Matthews, C.J. McCollum, Earl Watson, Allen Crabbe and Will Barton.

---Minnesota Timberwolves guard Shabazz Muhammad was booted out of the NBA's Rookie Transition Program in Florham Park, N.J., after violating a rule by bringing a woman to his hotel room, USA TODAY reported.

Muhammad, the No. 14 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, was participating with about 50 fellow rookies in a four-team program designed to ease the transition to professional basketball through a series of seminars and instructions.

No guests, unless they are approved by program administrators, are allowed into a player's room.

Muhammad, who left UCLA after his freshman season to enter the draft, will be required to pay a fine and return next year with a new crop of rookies and others who are required to complete the program.

---The New York Knicks signed free agent center Jeremy Tyler, the team announced. Terms of the deal were not revealed by the team.

The 6-foot-10, 260-pound Tyler averaged 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds in 63 NBA games, including 23 starts), the past two seasons with the Golden State Warriors and the Atlanta Hawks. He played in 21 games last season for the Warriors and Hawks and also for San Cruz in the NBA Developmental League.

According to Yanoo! Sports, the Knicks also are pursuing guard Chris Duhon, who was with the Los Angeles Lakers last season, and former NBA player Sean May.

---The Miami Heat confirmed the return of Greg Oden to the NBA, signing the oft-injured center to a contract.

The team did not disclose the terms of the contract, but ESPN reported last week that the deal was a minimum of two years with a player option in the second year.

Oden, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, has played in 82 games during his career but none since 2009 because of repeated knee injuries.

The 7-foot Oden worked out for several teams during the past few weeks. His three finalists were believed to be the Heat, San Antonio and Dallas. New Orleans, Sacramento and Atlanta also pursued Oden.

Oden, 25, has not played in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009. He underwent his third microfracture surgery in February 2012.

In 21 games during the 2009-10 season with the Blazers, Oden averaged 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks before getting injured again.

---Free agent center DeJuan Blair has signed with the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced Wednesday.

Length of the deal and monetary terms were not announced.

A four-year NBA veteran, the 6-7, 270 pound Blair comes to Dallas from San Antonio, where he was the 37th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. During four seasons with the Spurs, Blair averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 18.9 minutes in 288 career games (166 starts).
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