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JAZZ FINALLY SIGN RUDD TO CONTRACT

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The Utah Jazz have finalized terms of a three-year agreement with veteran guard Delaney Rudd, it was announced Friday.

Scott Layden, the Jazz director of player personnel, would not disclose specifics of the contract, but Rudd said on Thursday that it is a three-year deal worth between $110,000 and $300,000 per year. One published report indicated it is a $516,000 deal that also includes an an incentive bonus."Everyone thinks of 1985 as a great draft because of Karl Malone," said Layden, "but Delaney was also involved in that draft (Rudd was a third-round choice by the Jazz that year). It's good to see a guy who's paid his dues rewarded."

Layden said at no point did he become frustrated with dealing with Rudd. "Delaney came in and said `I'll sign for this,' and both sides said, `That's fair,"' said Layden.

Layden said the non-appearance of rookie Walter Palmer is "very frustrating," and termed the dealings with him "at the opposite end of the spectrum."