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Benoit leaving Jazz to sign with Nets

N.Y. Times News Service

The New Jersey Nets have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday at Continental Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., to announce the signing of David Benoit, a free-agent forward who spent the last five seasons with the Utah Jazz.

Benoit averaged 8.2 points last season in 81 games with the Jazz. A 6-foot-8-inch forward, the 28-year-old Benoit is the kind of player that the Nets' new coach, John Calipari, wants to build with - athletic and versatile.

The Nets lost P.J. Brown, a small forward, to the Miami Heat as a free agent, and the second-year player Ed O'Bannon is coming off a difficult rookie season. Benoit would most likely start at small forward, joining a Nets lineup with Jayson Williams, Shawn Bradley, Kendall Gill and Robert Pack.

Terms of Benoit's contract were not announced, but the Nets had only about $500,000 remaining under the salary cap.

Lachemann quits as Angels manager

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Marcel Lachemann, frustrated by the constant losing, quit as manager of the California Angels.

John McNamara, 64, who managed California in 1983-84, will take over the rest of this season while the Angels search for a new manager.

Under Lachemann, the Angels collapsed after holding a 13-game AL West lead over Seattle last year. They've gone into another tailspin this year and are last in the AL West at 52-60.

Lachemann, a longtime pitching coach, succeeded the fired Buck Rodgers in May 1994. He had not managed previously in the majors.

Lachemann was half of the only brother duo to manage in the majors at the same time since 1879. His brother, Rene, was fired by the Florida Marlins July 7.

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