Wednesday , Jun , 30 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Utah makes qualifying offer to Giricek, Arroyo; two others

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz made qualifying offers to
Gordan Giricek, Carlos Arroyo, Jarron Collins and Maurice Williams for the
2004-05 season.

Giricek, from Croatia, averaged 11.3 points in 73 games this past season with
Utah and Orlando. The guard started 18 of 25 games with the Jazz after being
traded by the Magic for DeShawn Stevenson and a future second-round draft pick
on February 19. With the Jazz, he averaged 13.5 points per game.

Arroyo, a three-year veteran, averaged 12.6 points and 5.0 assists in 71
contests last year, which was his first full season as a starting point guard.

Collins and Williams were used mostly in reserve roles. Collins, a center had
6.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest, while Williams, a guard, averaged
five points per game off the bench.

“All four of these players made an important contribution to the team last
year,” said Kevin O’Connor, Utah’s senior VP of basketball operations. “We
want them back next year and these qualifying offers show our intent to make
that happen.”

Under the terms of the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Jazz were
required to make the qualifying offer by June 30 in order to establish the
team’s right to match any offer a player might receive.