Free agent signs reported 3-year, $5.5M offer

Updated: August 9, 2004, 12:14 PM ET
Associated Press

RACINE, Wis. -- Utah Jazz restricted free agent Maurice "Mo" Williams has signed an offer sheet from the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Jazz have 15 days to decide whether to match the Bucks' offer and keep the guard in Salt Lake City.

"We knew he was talking to teams," said Kevin O'Connor, Jazz vice president of basketball operations. "But I have not heard anything from his agent, and we have not received any paperwork. We've got to get the paperwork before we can do anything."

A Bucks spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press Saturday that Williams signed the offer sheet Friday.

Williams' agent, Mark Bartelstein, told The Journal Times of Racine the offer was worth $5.5 million over three years. Williams earned $770,000 last season.

"At this point, there's not much he can do but sit back and wait," Bartelstein was quoted as telling the newspaper. "He likes Utah very much, but they have two other point guards, so it's tough getting playing time there."

The 6-foot-1 Williams was selected in the second round, 47th overall, of the 2003 draft. He played in 57 games last season, averaging five points, 1.3 assists in 13 minutes.

The Jazz have said they want to sign Williams, but have spent time in the offseason with other big additions.

Filling gaping holes in the middle, the Jazz have signed center Mehmet Okur and forward Carlos Boozer.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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