The No. 1 clue about the Jazz's plans for Mike Brown and Marc Iavaroni came in March, when Brown replaced Iavaroni in the starting lineup. The two forwards will officially become free agents when the NBA playoffs end; Brown will be back, Iavaroni will probably not return.
"I would say more than likely, he's going to end up somewhere else," Jazz general manager David Checketts noted.Although Brown hardly played against Golden State in the three-game playoff series, Jazz management liked his work as a starter in the last month. "We think he has value to us," said general manager David Checketts, already working on a contract with Brown's agent, Bernie Young.
"We'll try to get something taken care of, before I'm a free agent," Brown said. "I like it here. I played good basketball at the end; I can help this team."
Iavaroni, who will be 33 in September, turned down a contract offer from the Jazz last summer, after attorney David Falk advised him to play out his three-year deal. Iavaroni becomes the Jazz's first-ever unrestricted free agent, meaning he could sign with any team after July 1, with no compensation to the Jazz.
Orlando is a logical place for Iavaroni, who played in Philadelphia for Magic general manager Pat Williams and would be a good influence on an expansion team.
"I would like to come back," Iavaroni said. "To tell you the truth, I have no idea what to expect. None. There are so many variables . . . I'm just going to sit back and see what happens."
- Kurt Kragthorpe