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JAZZ GIVE AUSTIN FINAL TAKE-IT-OR-LEAVE-IT OFFER

The Utah Jazz have given reserve center Isaac Austin a take-it-or-leave-it contract offer, while Austin reportedly is threatening to play in Europe.

The Deseret News has learned that Austin, a rookie last season with the Jazz, is being offered a two-year guaranteed contract worth something exceeding $500,000. But Austin is considering playing in Italy next year, rather than accepting the Jazz's offer."To be honest, I'm not exactly sure what their plans are," said Scott Layden, the team's director of basketball operations. "I can't speak for what they (Austin and agent Fred Slaughter) are doing. I think the Jazz dealt in good faith and feel it was a very good deal offered to Ike. He needs to find out whether he wants to accept our offer and play for the Jazz, or if he'll go elsewhere. If so, we'll go on about our business."

Austin went to Italy this summer to consider playing there.

Layden, who is the team's designated spokesman on negotiations with free agents, said he wouldn't comment on the terms of their offer to Austin. But the salary cap isn't a problem, since teams can go over the cap to sign their own free agents.

Layden also wouldn't say when the deadline is for Austin to accept or reject the Jazz offer. Players must be signed to a contract before the regular season begins.

"I think it's in everyone's best interest to either get a deal done or have him tell us he's moving on so we can make plans. We've expressed that to them," Layden added.

Austin could not be reached for comment.