Hart was eager to sign with Utah

Hart was eager to sign with Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- It didn't take long to make Jason Hart a Jazz man.

When Utah made an offer, the NBA free agent told his agent: "Let's make it happen. I don't want to wait."

"Guys are still out there without a job," Hart said, "so I'm happy to have one."

Hart started last season with Sacramento and joined the Los Angeles Clippers in March. In 23 games, he averaged 8.4 points and four assists.

Hart's best season was 2004-05, when he averaged 9.5 points and five assists in 74 games with Charlotte. He is expected to play point guard behind Deron Williams but also share the court with him.

The Jazz needed another guard after agreeing to release Derek Fisher.

"I'm happy to be here," Hart said. "All those other teams, they are enemies now."

While recruiting Hart, Utah also pursued free agent Morris Peterson, who ended up with New Orleans.

"I'm happy Morris (went) to New Orleans to open the door for me," he said. "Morris and I, we're pretty good friends. So when I see him I'll tell him, 'Thank you."'

------ Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-07-20-07 1706MDT

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