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CHAMBERS LIKES JAZZ, BUT DO THEY LIKE HIM?

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Tom Chambers has gone on record or at least on TV - saying he wants to play for the Utah Jazz.

But do the Utah Jazz want Tom Chambers to play for them?Scott Layden, Jazz director of basketball operations, says the team is seriously interested in the former University of Utah star player.

"Chambers is a very talented player," Layden said. "We could see where he could help us."

Signing the 34-year-old Chambers would seem to go against the Jazz's stated offseason goal of getting younger, but Layden disagrees, saying the team already accomplished that goal by signing Felton Spencer and drafting Luther Wright.

"Chambers could help us in the near future," Layden said. "You need a mix of youth and experience."

The key to the Chambers deal is whether or not the team re-signs forward Larry Krystkowiak. A free agent, Krystkowiak said he would test the market to see if he could get more than the $605,000 the Jazz paid him last season.

Besides the fact that Krystkowiak and Chambers are both forwards, there are salary-cap considerations. The Jazz are over the cap, but if Krystkowiak leaves that would give them some working room again. Chambers made a reported $1.9 million last year in Phoenix - where he played behind Charles Barkley and Richard Dumas most of the season - but apparently received a $750,000 buyout of the last year of his Suns contract.

And Chambers also reportedly said that he would play in Utah for less money than he might elsewhere.

A career 20.0 scorer and four-time All-Star, Chambers totaled 12.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season, shooting 45 percent from the field.