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Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey, right, blocks the shot of Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis, left, during the first half at an NBA basketball game on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey)

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As NBA trends smaller, former KU center Jeff Withey remains optimistic entering free agency

Watch an NBA game these days and, especially in crunch time, you will see more teams than ever leaving their traditional 7-foot centers on the bench, favoring a small lineup instead. The league is trending toward a pace-and-space, perimeter-oriented game with as many shooters and creators as possible. So where does that leave a good, old-fashioned rim protector, such as Jeff Withey, the all-time leading shot-blocker (311) at the University of Kansas? By Benton Smith

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