TAYLORSVILLE The Jazz must reveal today whether or not they will match the four-year, roughly $15.8 million offer sheet that restricted free agent swingman C.J. Miles signed with Oklahoma City last Friday.
As of early Thursday night, even general manager Kevin O'Connor who admits to some restless nights over the past week because of the pending decision wasn't sure what the Jazz would do.
"Honestly, no," he said when asked if a decision had been made. "Are we leaning one way or the other? No."
O'Connor did suggest the Jazz would have no problem matching even if Miles prefers that they do not, which is thought to indeed be the case.
"Not at all," he said. "It's a business."
It's believed the fourth year of the deal is a team option, meaning only three seasons and about $12 million is guaranteed something known by some, but not all, since shortly after the offer sheet was signed.
If the Jazz do decide to match, Miles a 2005 second-round draft choice out of Skyline High School in Dallas would mark the 15th guaranteed contract that Utah has for next season.
The NBA limit is 15, and the Jazz traditionally carry no more than 14 players unless signing a 15th is necessitated by injury.
Two other restricted free agents have signed offer sheets this offseason.
The Los Angeles Lakers opted not to match Golden State's reported four-year, $17 million offer to big man Ronny Turiaf, and Golden State chose Thursday to match a reported three-year, $9 million offer from the Los Angeles Clippers to swingman Kelenna Azubuike.
HART APOLOGIZES: Jason Hart called himself "very appreciative" that O'Connor made the trade Wednesday that sent him back to his hometown Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for another reserve point guard, veteran Brevin Knight.
Hart signed to a two-year, roughly $4.8 million contract by Utah as a free agent last summer, after he finished the 2006-07 NBA season with the Clippers also said he "told Kevin, 'I apologize it never worked out"' with the Jazz.
Hart lost his backup job in Utah to Utah Valley product Ronnie Price, and wound up playing just 57 games and shooting a career-low 32.2 percent from the field for the Jazz last season.
Asked why he things didn't pan out as envisioned, Hart said that when playing just 10 or 12 minutes behind starter Deron Williams "it's always gonna be tough to get in a rhythm sometimes you're gonna hit a shot, sometimes not."
ALUMNI UPDATE: The two-year offer sheet that ex-Jazz point guard Dee Brown signed earlier this month with Washington is believed to be only partially guaranteed, but Brown who toiled last season in Turkey apparently made a favorable impression while playing recently for the Wizards at the NBA Summer in Las Vegas.
"He pushed the ball, he was disruptive and he gave us a veteran presence out there," Wizards summer coach Wes Unseld Jr. told the Washington Post. "He's played in the NBA so he knows how to direct guys to spots and get them set before getting the offense going. I think he'll fit in with us."
Brown is expected to be Washington's No. 3 point behind Gilbert Arenas and Antonio Daniels.
"I'm very blessed and lucky to get an opportunity to play with such a great organization," Brown blogged on his personal Web site. "I say blessed because of the obvious ... I'm back in the NBA, and doing what I love for a living."MISC.: Ex-Jazz forward Roger Powell Jr. finished Revue averaging 6.3 points in three games for San Antonio. Powell, a teammate with Brown and Williams at the University of Illinois, spent last season in Italy. ... Williams and Jazz All-Star power forward Carlos Boozer play for Team USA tonight in an exhibition against Canada at Las Vegas, one in a series of warm-ups games in advance of next month's Olympic Games in Beijing, China. ... University of Utah product Britton Johnsen (severely bruised left thigh) missed his third straight Revue game Thursday, sitting out the Jazz's win over Atlanta.
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