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The Utah Jazz have agreed to a two-year, $6.25 million guaranteed deal with Italian forward Simone Fontecchio, his agent, Sam Goldfeder of Excel Sports, told ESPN on Sunday.
Fontecchio, 26, is considered the best available international small forward prospect. He averaged 11.9 points for Baskonia of the Spanish ACB last season and has shot 41% on 3-pointers across his past two professional seasons.
The Jazz also agreed to a deal to hire Denver Nuggets G League coach Jason Terry on Sunday, sources told ESPN. Terry, a 19-year NBA veteran and the 2008-09 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, joins new coach Will Hardy’s staff after spending the past season coaching the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Gold.
Fontecchio is the first free agent signed by the Jazz this offseason, giving them 14 players on their roster. He has superior physical strength and is projected to be able to guard shooting guards, small forwards and power forwards in the NBA.
ESPN’s Jonathan Givony contributed to this report.