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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams believes college buddy Dee Brown won't be returning to the team.
The Jazz made a qualifying offer to Brown this summer, but the restricted free agent can look elsewhere. He averaged nine minutes a game in 49 games as a rookie last season.
"I don't think he's going to be back with us," said Williams, who played with Brown at Illinois. "I mean, we have three point guards."
He said there's not much incentive for Brown to sign Utah's offer.
"He doesn't have nothing guaranteed," Williams told the Deseret Morning News. "It means they could cut him after two weeks and he gets nothing, and it's too late to go overseas. That's just a gamble."
A phone call to Brown's agent was not returned Thursday.
"I'm not upset that he's not playing with us," Williams said. "I'm more upset that he doesn't have a job right now. ... I think he's good enough to play in this league." ------ Information from: Deseret Morning News, http://www.deseretnews.com
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