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Utah Jazz: Quiet of weekend could disappear quickly for O'Connor

Published July 11, 2005 1:21 am

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The serenity before a hurricane-like storm?

Perhaps.

With the start of the Rocky Mountain Revue just four days away - and less than two weeks before free agents can officially sign contracts - Jazz vice president of basketball operations Kevin O'Connor took a deep breath Sunday night.

"It was kind of a quiet weekend," O'Connor said. "We talked about a couple of different things with a few people. But nothing's imminent."

Expect that to change with the start of business this morning, when O'Connor resumes his search of the free-agent market for help in the backcourt and at center.

Before getting Illinois point guard Deron Williams in the draft, the Jazz had targeted Earl Watson of Memphis and Antonio Daniels of Seattle during the free-agent recruiting season.

As a pure point guard, Watson is reportedly no longer interested in Utah.

Daniels could see things a little differently, since he can swing between point guard and shooting guard.

Still, Williams' presence makes it unlikely that Daniels remains as interested in the Jazz as he was prior to the draft. After all, he could have stayed in Seattle and continued to split time with another young point guard, Luke Ridnour.

The 30-year-old Daniels averaged 11.2 points in 27 minutes for the Sonics last season.

Currently, Miami and the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be the front-runners for Daniels' services. So is Cleveland, which despite getting Washington's Larry Hughes to agree to a $65 million contract on Saturday, still has about $17 million left under the salary cap.

The Wizards might also enter the bidding for Daniels, a possible replacement for Hughes.

According to agent Tony Dutt, 15 teams have contacted him about Daniels. Dutt has not returned phone calls from The Tribune.

Meanwhile, the Jazz's summer league team begins two-a-day practices this morning.

The Rocky Mountain Revue starts Friday night.

O'Connor said that he expected 17 players to report for duty, including Williams and second-round pick C.J. Miles, an 18-year-old shooting guard.

O'Connor said Miles will be officially signed before practice starts today. Miles will receive a guaranteed two-year contract worth slightly more than the league minimum of $400,000 annually.