Jazz not in hurry to add point guard

Published December 28, 2009 7:56 pm
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With the Jazz in the market for a third point guard, reporters seeking information about the team's ongoing search quizzed coach Jerry Sloan on Monday.

Asked if he would be interested in bringing back any former players -- perhaps someone like Keith McLeod , Brevin Knight or Dee Brown -- Sloan smiled.

"Yeah," he said. "I'd take John Stockton back if he was available."

Sloan spent time with Stockton in September, when they were inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

When it was suggested that the 47-year-old Stockton could probably still play 10 minutes a night in the NBA, Sloan said, "He probably could."

Seriously, general manager Kevin O'Connor , director of player personnel Walt Perrin and director of scouting David Fredman are compiling a list of possible replacements for Eric Maynor .

He was traded to Oklahoma City last week.

"We're not under the gun to pick a person up today," Sloan said. "Hopefully we'll get someone who can come in and play or come in and develop -- if it's a young player."

The advantage of experience over youth could be important to a team with playoff aspirations.

"We'll work with whoever is here," Sloan said. "... [But] a veteran player can adapt a lot quicker and that's one of the things you have a problem with [because] we don't have a lot of practice time."

Price hits long bomb

Prior to Monday's practice, Ronnie Price warmed up by taking a few jump shots before heading to the weight room.

On the way, Price stopped, turned under the basket on one of the two adjacent courts and shot the ball toward the basket on the other court.

He made it -- a 65- or 70-footer that Price had to lob through a spider-web of support beams that hang from the ceiling.

Price's reaction?

He raised his arms triumphantly and jogged to the weight room.

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