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Utah Signs Free agent John Starks

August 2, 2000

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Free agent John Starks signed a two-year contract with Utah on Wednesday, giving the Jazz a veteran shooting guard to replace the retired Jeff Hornacek.

Starks, who signed for the $2.5 million exception, is an 11-year veteran who spent eight seasons with the New York Knicks. He visited several teams last month, including Miami, New York and Orlando.

With the retirement of Hornacek, the Jazz had two untested players at shooting guard in second-year Quincy Lewis and 19-year-old rookie DeShawn Stevenson.

Starks, who turns 35 on Aug. 10, won the NBA’s Sixth Man award in 1996-97. He began last season at Golden State but was traded to Chicago, where he missed a 13-game stretch with an injured left knee.

Starks averaged 13.9 points last season and made 78 3-pointers.

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