Busy Jazz re-sign C Collins

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) - The Utah Jazz keep checking off their offseason priorities.

A day after retaining swingman Matt Harpring and acquiring veteran guard Derek Fisher, the Jazz re-signed center Jarron Collins on Thursday.

Terms were not disclosed. Collins made $1.7 million last season.

“We are pleased that Jarron chose to re-sign with the Jazz,” vice president of operations Kevin O’Connor said. “He is a true competitor, who is passionate about basketball and a professional both on and off the court.”

Collins, 27, started 41 of 79 games last season and averaged 5.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 21.9 minutes.

The 6-11 Collins will begin the 2006-07 season as a backup to Mehmet Okur.

“He gives us stability,” Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said of Collins. “He knows what his assignment is on offense and he gives you all the effort in the world on defense.”

A second-round pick in 2001, Collins has career averages of 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 302 games with Utah.

Collins’ twin brother, Jason, plays with the New Jersey Nets.

On Wednesday, the Jazz re-signed Harpring, who averaged 12.5 points last season, to a four-year deal worth $25 million and acquired Fisher from the Golden State Warriors for guards Devin Brown and Keith McLeod and forward Andre Owens.


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Updated Thursday, Jul 13, 2006