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New Jersey is the place Keith Van Horn wants to be, after all — now that shoot-first point guard Stephon Marbury is gone, replaced by one of the best passers in the NBA in Jason Kidd.

"The benefit that will come from playing with Jason Kidd — to have the opportunity to play with the best pure point guard in the game in terms of passing — has me looking forward to next season," said Van Horn, a former University of Utah star.

Van Horn, who has a home in Sandy, was quoted prior to the Marbury trade as saying he would like to return to Utah to play for the Jazz. He acknowledged then that the Nets would likely either trade him or Marbury since New Jersey's two leading scorers hadn't meshed together.

"Without a question, we never developed the kind of chemistry on the court that the Nets had hoped for — that we both hoped for," said Van Horn of he and Marbury. "It just didn't work out, even though Stephon is a tremendous talent."

Van Horn clarified his interest in returning to the Jazz in the interview with the Post. "All I said was Utah would be a great fit," he said. "Utah has players who make people better. Karl Malone is a great passer who makes people better. And John Stockton is the all-time assists leader. He obviously makes people better."