MoPete Jazz-ed up

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Raptors free agent forward Morris Peterson was scheduled to meet yesterday with the Utah Jazz.

"I'm going to their facility (yesterday morning) to talk with ownership, general manager Kevin O'Connor and people on the coaching staff and in the front office," Peterson said. "Since I have some control as a free agent, I really want to play with a winner, like the Jazz, and with a team that believes in me."

Peterson, who turns 30 next month, said Detroit, New Jersey, Cleveland, New Orleans, Miami and Toronto have expressed an interest in him. He has spent his entire seven-season career with the Raptors.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Peterson, who can play shooting guard or small forward, has career averages of 12 points along with nearly four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

His production and playing time fell last season -- averaging 8.9 points and 21.4 minutes -- one season after career highs in scoring (16.8), rebounding (4.6), steals (1.3) and minutes (38) a game.

Peterson produced sporadically during a first-round series against the New Jersey Nets in this year's playoffs. He scored 17 points in Toronto's Game 5 win, then had nine points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block in the next game when the Raptors were eliminated.

IVERSON ORDERED TO PAY UP

A federal jury awarded $260,000 US yesterday to one of two men who sued NBA star Allen Iverson after they said they were beaten by his entourage at a Washington nightclub.

The jury's decision against Iverson and his bodyguard, Jason Kane, covers bar patron Marlin Godfrey's medical bills as well as pain and suffering. Jurors later rejected the plaintiffs' argument that Godfrey should be awarded punitive damages.

Godfrey and another patron, David Anthony Kittrell, sued the Denver Nuggets guard for $20 million, saying they were beaten by his entourage in July 2005. The attacks, they said, followed their refusal to vacate the Eyebar club's VIP section for Iverson.

Iverson testified last week that he didn't see the fight, and was whisked out of the club before the brawl became serious. He said the two men suing him were merely trying to cash in on his fame and fortune. Iverson's testimony was the only court appearance he made during the case.

The jury found that Kane was liable for assaulting Godfrey, who was awarded $250,000 for pain and suffering and $10,000 for his medical bills. Iverson was found negligent for failing to supervise Kane. The jury did not find either of the men liable for assaulting Kittrell.

GEORGE BACK WITH MAVS

After opting out of his contract and looking for a better deal, swingman Devean George is coming back to the Dallas Mavericks.

George has agreed to a deal worth roughly $2.4 million for one-year that keeps him as a reserve on one of the NBA's top teams and puts him in position for a bigger payday next summer, agent Mark Bartelstein said.

HAWKS LOCK UP TOP PICKS

The Atlanta Hawks signed first-round draft picks Al Horford and Acie Law to multi-year contracts yesterday, clearing the way for the two to play in the summer league this month in Salt Lake City.

The signings came only hours before the first workout at the team's rookie-free agent camp.


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