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Clippers match offer sheet for Maggette

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers retained shooting
guard Corey Maggette on Tuesday, matching the offer sheet he signed
July 14 with the Utah Jazz.

The Clippers previously kept forward Elton Brand by matching the
offer sheet he signed with the Miami Heat, and have until Wednesday
to decide whether they'll match the offer sheet point guard Andre
Miller signed with Denver.

Maggette signed a six-year offer sheet with Utah believed to be
worth $42 million. He is now under contract for those terms with
the Clippers.

Brand's contract is believed to be worth $83 million over six
years while the offer sheet Miller signed with Denver is for six
years for more than $51 million.

"Through consistent hard work and effort, Corey has improved
his game each year he has been in the league, and there is no
reason to believe he won't continue to get even better," Clippers
general manager Elgin Baylor said in a statement. "We're really
glad that he will be back for the long term."

The 6-foot-6 Maggette is coming off his best season, averaging
16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 31.3 minutes in 64 games. He ranked
second on the team in scoring, increasing his average by 5.4 points
over the previous season.

The 23-year-old Maggette has averaged 11.5 points, 4.2 rebounds
and 23.3 minutes in 273 career games over four seasons.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to coach Corey," new
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Obviously, I have followed him
closely since his days at Duke. He has done a terrific job of
developing his all-around game and I look forward to being a part
of his continued development."

Maggette played one season at Duke before making himself
available for the NBA draft. He was a first-round pick of Seattle
in 1999 - the 13th overall selection - before being traded to
Orlando. He averaged 8.4 points in his one season with the Magic
and 10.0 points and 11.4 points in his first two years with the
Clippers.

The Clippers' decision to match Utah's offer sheet was another
blow to the Jazz. John Stockton retired following last season, and
Karl Malone signed with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month
as a free agent.

In addition, Utah struck out in its attempts to sign Andre
Miller to an offer sheet, and Brad Miller to a free-agent contract.
The Jazz have about $20 million to spend under the salary cap of
$43.84 million announced by the NBA earlier this month.