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Longtime Utah center signs with Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Center Greg Ostertag signed with the
Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, leaving the Utah Jazz after nine
seasons.

He signed with Sacramento on the same day center Vlade Divac
left the Kings to rejoin the Los Angeles Lakers. Terms of
Ostertag's deal weren't immediately available.

"I hope everyone knows that I'm not going to replace Vlade with
scoring and passing," Ostertag said. "But I will be rebounding,
blocking shots and taking up space in the middle. Hopefully I'll be
able to help these guys reach their ultimate goal of winning a
championship."

Ostertag averaged 5.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.85 blocks
during his career with the Jazz, who made him a first-round draft
pick in 1995. He played in two NBA Finals with Utah in 1997 and
1998, though many Utah fans loved to hate his sometimes graceless
game.

But Ostertag's solid defense will help the Kings, and with
Mehmet Okur and Carlos Boozer expected to join the Jazz after
signing offer sheets earlier this month, Utah had a glut of big
men. Jarron Collins and Curtis Borchardt still are under contract,
and the Jazz made little effort to re-sign Ostertag as an
unrestricted free agent.

In Sacramento, Ostertag will back up All-Star center Brad Miller
and forward Chris Webber. The Kings once had one of the NBA's
deepest frontcourts, but Divac, Scot Pollard, Keon Clark, Tony
Massenburg and Hedo Turkoglu have departed in the last year.

"By adding Greg, it gives us a chance to improve in some areas
where we've been struggling over the past couple of years," said
Geoff Petrie, the Kings' president of basketball operations. "This
gives us another rebounder and an interior presence at the basket.
I think he'll fit in well with Brad and Chris on our front line."