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Wizards sign point guard Dee Brown to offer sheet

Wizards sign point guard Dee Brown to offer sheet

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dee Brown was signed to an offer sheet Thursday by the Washington Wizards after spending last season in Turkey.

The Utah Jazz, who retained Brown's NBA rights while he was overseas, have seven days to match the offer.

"Dee is a player who can bring quickness and energy to our team," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. "We like that he gives us depth and a different look at the point guard position."

Brown was chosen No. 46 overall by Utah in the 2006 draft and played in 49 games as a rookie. But the Jazz were stacked at the guard position entering the 2007-08 season, so he accepted an offer from Turkish club Galatasaray with the hope to performing well enough to return to the NBA with another team.

Brown, who led Illinois to the NCAA title game in 2005, averaged 12.3 points with Galatasaray. He would be the Wizards' third-string point guard, behind Gilbert Arenas and Antonio Daniels.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-07-10-08 1454MDT

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