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EricaLubarsky
07-29-2004, 10:52 PM
Williams may be looking for opportunity elsewhere
Jazz Notes -
Williams may be looking for opportunity elsewhere (http://www.sltrib.com/sports/ci_2385213)
By Steve Luhm
The Salt Lake Tribune


After spending $150 million on new contracts belonging to Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur, Gordan Giricek and Carlos Arroyo, Jazz vice president of basketball operations Kevin O'Connor still has some unfinished business.
O'Connor is waiting to hear from agent Mark Bartelstein, who represents restricted free agent Mo Williams.
A second-round pick from Alabama last season, Williams played his way into coach Jerry Sloan's rotation and became a valuable member of a young team that unexpectedly won 42 games.
The Jazz have tendered a qualifying offer to Williams, meaning they can match any offer the 21-year-old point guard receives.
Bartelstein has not presented O'Connor with any offers for the Jazz to consider matching.
"His agent," said O'Connor, "doesn't seem to be in any hurry."
Williams told The Salt Lake Tribune during the recent Rocky Mountain Revue summer league that he wants to return to Utah. But the Jazz's recent decision to sign Arroyo to a four-year, $16 million deal - combined with the fact that former first-round pick Raul Lopez stayed healthy last season - might have changed the landscape.
Perhaps Williams and Bartelstein are searching for a team without two young, capable point guards already under contract.
O'Connor shook his head at the suggestion and declared the Jazz want to re-sign Williams, who filled a valuable role last season as a high-energy reserve. Williams is more physical than Arroyo or Lopez, and he showed an ability to swing to shooting guard when the matchups allowed.
"We didn't draft a point guard and we didn't sign a [new] point guard," O'Connor said. "That's what he should be looking at."
Charlotte could be looking at Williams as the expansion Bobcats build their team around first-round draft pick Emeka Okafor.
Milwaukee might also need a point guard, considering second-year man T.J. Ford's immediate future seems questionable as he recovers from the neck injury he suffered last season.
In recent weeks, Indiana and New Jersey have been in the market for backup point guards. But the Pacers are ready to sign Weber State product Eddie Gill to a $720,000 deal and New Jersey is reportedly looking at veteran Jacque Vaughn, who started his career in Utah.



He isnt a true veteran but he's gotten his butt kicked by Sloan and may have a nice future with the team.

http://www.nba.com/media/playerfile/maurice_williams.jpg
6'1"
185lbs
5.0ppg 1.3apg 1.3rpg 13.5mpg 0.89to

not great but comparable to this young guy's

http://www.nba.com/media/playerfile/steve_nash.jpg
6'2"
173lbs
3.3ppg 2.1apg 1.0rpg 10.5mpg 0.97to

endtroducing
07-29-2004, 11:03 PM
he should've stayed in school...he burned UA when he left like that. and he got the gerald wallace treatment: warming the bench, playing garbage minutes.

UA people never have been really smart, though.

MikeB
07-30-2004, 11:15 AM
Originally posted by: endtroducing
he should've stayed in school...he burned UA when he left like that. and he got the gerald wallace treatment: warming the bench, playing garbage minutes.

UA people never have been really smart, though.

Where as us AU people are...right?! i/expressions/thumbsup.gif i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

endtroducing
07-30-2004, 04:47 PM
of course. ask marquis. i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif