Kyle Weaver uncertain about his future with Utah Jazz

Published: Saturday, April 9 2011 11:00 p.m. MDT

SAN ANTONIO — Kyle Weaver's latest stint in the NBA might be over by the time you read this with your cereal today.

Or, he hopes, it might end about the time you attack the fridge for a midnight snack Wednesday.

The D-League call-up's 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz expired Saturday, so he packed everything he brought with him from Austin to be ready for either scenario.

"I don't want this to happen (be cut)," he said at Saturday morning's shootaround. "But you've got to expect the worst and hope for the best and prepare for what happens."

Weaver joked that he's bracing himself for "post-Utah," but the 25-year-old thoroughly enjoyed the experience he'd love to see continue through Wednesday — if not into next season.

Weaver, who spent time at both guard positions with Utah, has appreciated the chance to return to the NBA. The Washington State product's two seasons with Oklahoma City (2008-10) ended prematurely after an injury and the Thunder's pick-up of backup point guard Eric Maynor.

"It's been great. Great group of guys, coaching staff," Weaver said. "It's been a real great experience for me, especially my journey being able to get back here."

Weaver spent most of this past season with two teams in the D-League — Iowa and Austin — before the injury-plagued Jazz called him up to bolster a depleted backcourt. When he joined the team a week-and-a-half ago, guards Devin Harris, Raja Bell and Ronnie Price were all out and Earl Watson was the team's only point guard.

"Having a chance to get out here and play," he added, "has been great for me."

That was especially the case for Weaver at Sacramento a week ago.

The 6-foot-6 guard made the most of his 30 minutes of action, hitting 7 of 11 shots for an NBA-career-high-tying 19 points. His breakout game included a 3-for-5 outing from beyond the arc.

However, Weaver's time and contributions decreased dramatically in the next couple of games. He only had a combined 20 minutes and two points against the Lakers and Portland. With Harris' return, the Jazz's guard situation isn't nearly as dire, which means less playing time for Weaver.

Weaver chipped in five points and three rebounds in 11 minutes in Saturday's 111-102 loss to the Spurs.

"Initially, I thought he came along pretty well. He picked the stuff up pretty good," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "The last few games (before Saturday) he struggled a little bit. I think he pressed a little bit because his time was cut and he wanted to make something happen quick."

Corbin wouldn't be surprised if Weaver works his way onto an NBA roster — even if not in Utah — in the future. Corbin said the Jazz would discuss Weaver's fate after Saturday's game.

"He's a guy with NBA talent," Corbin said. "I think he can play in the NBA. I think once he gets to a spot and gets through a training camp, I think people will like what he has."

STILL STRUGGLING: Starting shooting guard C.J. Miles continued his mini-slump, only scoring two points on 1-for-5 shooting in a shorter-than-usual 17-minute outing Saturday.

Miles has now scored only 18 points combined the past four games on 24.3 percent shooting. Before that, he'd averaged 17 points an outing during a season-long streak of 15 double-digit games.

"He's struggling a little bit. He's got to fight his way through it," Corbin said. "For him, it's more than just scoring. He just thinks if he misses his shots, then he can't have a good game. But there's a lot of other things that he can do."

The Jazz coach hopes Miles takes a lesson from San Antonio.

"It's a great team to learn from," Corbin said. "These guys, if they don't score points, they do the other things on the floor to help the team to win, and I think that's where C.J. has to grow."

FAN'S PERSPECTIVE: Point guard Devin Harris got up close and personal with Spurs fans on a couple of occasions Saturday.

He spilled a front-row fan's beverage while chasing down the ball on his first encounter.

Later, Harris again collided with the crowd on a hustle play. But this time he gave a peace offering — one of his wristbands — after accidentally smacking into a young boy. Teammate Al Jefferson teasingly called the gesture "sweet."

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