Just because his short tenure with the Utah Jazz is over doesn't mean Brevin Knight is giving up on his NBA career.
The veteran player, who logged his 12th NBA season in Utah last year, has received interest from and engaged in "preliminary talks" with about eight teams this offseason, according to his agent. But Knight isn't expecting to strike a deal in the immediate future, his rep, Bill Strickland, told Web site RealGM.com.
And don't count on it being with the Jazz. Utah needs to sign at least one more player to have a full roster of 13 players, but it already has three point guards under contract for the 2009-10 season after signing first-round pick Eric Maynor and re-signing Ronnie Price last month.
The Knight camp is waiting for the dust to settle with other, bigger-name free agent point guards around the league. Orlando has been ruled out, according to Strickland.
"Right now, you have Ramon Sessions, Nate Robinson, Raymond Felton, C.J. Watson, guys like that all available so we're having to wait," Strickland said in the RealGm.com report. "But as players continue to get signed and rosters fill out, we'll see where we're going to land."
In preparation of when his playing days are over, Knight spent time this summer at an elite broadcasting camp at Syracuse University. Fellow NBA players Donyell Marshall, Tony Battie, Mike James, Anthony Parker and Malik Rose also attended Sportscaster U.
Knight struggled to give the Jazz a consistent boost off the bench behind Deron Williams last year after ending up in Utah in a trade that also sent Jason Hart to the Los Angeles Clippers. Though he's averaged 7.3 points and 6.1 assists in a steady career, Knight only scored 2.4 points an outing on 35-percent shooting with 2.6 assists in 74 games with the Jazz last year.
NOMERCY:CyclistFloydLandis joked with his sponsor's Web site that he hasn't been on a basketball court since he was about 15 years old, but he's not worried about tonight's shootout he'll have with DeronWilliams.
"Cyclists are usually really good basketball players, so I'm not concerned," he told Teamouch.com, leading up to the pre-Tour of Utah biking-basketball challenge between the two world-class athletes.
In an event that's open to the public and aimed at hyping up the upcoming Larry H. Miller Group of Companies-sponsored pro cycling race, Williams and Landis will do a time trial on their road bikes at Miller Motorsports Park beginning at 6:30 p.m. They'll follow that with a 3-point-shooting contest.
Landis joked that he "won't be taking it easy on Deron" in the biking time trial, and he expects the same treatment from the star Jazz point guard.
"I'm pretty sure he won't show me any mercy, either," Landis said. "And if he does, he'll probably make more shots accidentally than I will."
COMINGCAMPING: Former Marquette shooting guard WesleyMatthews has been invited to attend the Jazz's fall camp, according to Journal Times sports writer GeryWoelfel. The 6-foot-5 Matthews averaged 18.3 points and 5.7 rebounds for the GoldenEagles last year as a senior. He is the son of former NBA player WesMatthews, who played on six teams in nine years during the 1980s, and won two championship rings with the Lakers.
UKRAINEUPENDED: Jazz center KyryloFesenko's national team had a rough start in the relegation round of EuroBasket 2009. Despite getting 13 points and seven rebounds from the 7-1 big man who moonlights in Utah, Fesenko's Ukraine squad fell to host Hungary 91-67 in Poland on Wednesday. Ukraine next plays Estonia in Kiev on Saturday and faces the Czech Republic on Tuesday as it tries to remain in Division A.
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