Brown's agent says his client not talking to teams overseas

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 9 2006 12:00 a.m. MDT

Guard Dee Brown will be in Utah Jazz training camp come fall, said his Chicago-based agent Henry Thomas on Tuesday, flatly denying Internet rumors that Brown was talking with teams in Israel and Croatia.

"There's no truth to any rumors about Dee playing overseas," said Thomas, who quickly returned a call about the matter.

"I heard that there was an Internet site that made reference to him talking to some teams . . . but no teams from overseas have contacted us about Dee, and we certainly haven't contacted any teams overseas about him playing over there."

Thomas also said he and the Jazz are "still talking," hoping to complete the contract soon for Utah's first of two second-round draft choices, the No. 46 overall pick.

No. 47 overall pick Paul Millsap signed his contract for two years plus a team-option year last week.

"He'll be there in training camp," Thomas declared, adding he was sure Brown would be signed by then and could sign quite soon. "Could be this week." That may be a little quick with Jazz senior vice president of basketball operations Kevin O'Connor out of his office so far this week.

"I think I talked to Kevin last week. I probably will talk to him this week," Thomas said.

Jazz player personnel director Walt Perrin said he had seen the Web rumors but had not yet talked to Thomas about them.

O'Connor said last week that the Jazz intend to sign Brown. He'd been evasive about it during July's Rocky Mountain Revue, but O'Connor also said last week, "You bring your second-rounders to camp."

Brown did not have an outstanding Revue, as did the other draftees—Millsap and No. 14 overall Ronnie Brewer, who signed prior to summer camp and is also represented by Thomas — and since O'Connor was not definitive at the Revue about bringing either Brown or Millsap to camp, there was some speculation about it.

On Tuesday, the Web site Eurobasket.com said a team — Cibona, Croatia — was looking at Brown to replace Scoonie Penn, who left for another team, but that Maccabi Tel Aviv was having "ongoing talks" with Brown and its coach, Neven Spahija, "is keen" on getting Brown. Israeli media like Haaretz.com also said Brown's name was linked to Maccabi, one of the top European teams.

"The team in Israel, I'm familiar with them," said Thomas, trying to guess how the rumors started. "I represent Anthony Parker, who played there for years and just came over with the (Toronto) Raptors, so I don't know whether they're drawing some connection there or what — but there's been no discussions with them or any other European teams."

VROMAN TO SPAIN? Gaceta de Canarias reports Gran Canaria of Spain's Canary Islands "is close to signing (New Orleans/Oklahoma City) Hornets forward Jackson Vroman." Vroman, from Viewmont High and Snow College, played for the Dallas Mavericks entry in the Rocky Mountain Revue.


E-mail: lham@desnews.com

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