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It appears Tyrone Corbin is coming back to Utah.

Citing only "a league source," the New York Post reported Saturday that Corbin is leaving the New York Knicks organization "to join the Jazz staff."

If so, Corbin would fill the No. 3 assistant coaching position left vacant by Kenny Natt, who left Utah earlier this month to become an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Corbin played more than 1,000 NBA games over 16 seasons, including stints with San Antonio, Cleveland, Phoenix, Minnesota, Utah, Atlanta, Sacramento, Miami and Toronto.

Traded to the Jazz in 1991 for Thurl Bailey and a 1992 second-round draft choice, the 6-foot-6 forward from DePaul spent most of the '91-92 season and all of the next two seasons playing in Utah for current Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan before moving on to Atlanta for the first of two stops with the Hawks.

Jazz officials, who spent Saturday attending a memorial service in McLeansboro, Ill., for Sloan's wife Bobbye, have said previously they hoped to have a new assistant in place prior to next month's Rocky Mountain Revue summer league.

Another supposed candidate for the post, Denver assistant T.R. Dunn, is close to accepting an assistant's position in Sacramento, the Rocky Mountain News reported Saturday.

MAVS HAPPY: The Dallas Mavericks sound quite pleased with their acquisition of 7-5 Siberian giant Pavel Podkolzine, who was taken by the Jazz at No. 21 overall in the opening round of Thursday's NBA Draft being swapped for what will likely be the Mavs' 2005 first-round pick.

According to the Associated Press, Mavs basketball operations president Donnie Nelson "said Podkolzine moves better and has more offensive skills than former Utah center Mark Eaton."

VROMAN'S CHANCES: A second-round selection Thursday, former Viewmont High, Snow College and Iowa State big man Jackson Vroman has a good chance of playing for the Phoenix Suns, NBA scouting director Marty Blake told AP.

"He'll play in the NBA," Blake said. "He's a terrific player. He hustles."

Vroman, son of former Jazz center Brett Vroman and the Big 12's leading rebounder this past season, told AP his stock was helped by appearances in two NBA pre-draft tournaments, in Portsmouth, Va., and the other in Chicago.

"I don't think I've improved since the end of the year," he said. "It was just a matter of getting exposure."


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