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When he was traded to Toronto a month ago along with Kris Humphries for BYU product Rafael Araujo, there was speculation that last season's Jazz rookie Robert Whaley could soon be back in Utah.

That is indeed the case as the sometimes-troubled 6-foot-10 2005 Jazz second-round pick has been "given a chance," as basketball operations head Kevin O'Connor put it, to make the Jazz's roster for the Rocky Mountain Revue that begins next Friday at the Life Time Activities Center at the Salt Lake Community College Redwood campus.

The Jazz team begins practices for the Revue on Monday, and Whaley is to join Araujo, 2005 Revue teammate James Lang, 2006 Jazz second-round draftee Paul Millsap, Revue returnee Cory Violette of Gonzaga, Michigan State's Andre Hutson and Fresno State products Hiram Fuller and Mustafa Al-Sayyad as inside-type players vying for spots on the Revue roster.

And perhaps beyond the Revue roster, since the Jazz are thin at center, awaiting the decision of veteran free agent Jarron Collins on whether he re-signs with Utah with San Antonio having expressed interest in him.

A spokeswoman for Collins' agent, Bob Myers, told the Deseret Morning News Friday that the agency does not comment on negotiations that are in progress. However, Myers told the San Antonio Express-News earlier this week that the Spurs are "an attractive option" for the Jazz free agent.

O'Connor would not comment on Collins but did say the large number of inside players invited to try out for the Revue is "for purpose."

O'Connor has said that Whaley — who played in 23 games last season with the Jazz, missing a couple for suspensions and more for injuries, was traded to Toronto June 8 and waived June 22 — has no guarantees of making the Revue roster, but he has the opportunity.

O'Connor said Whaley is a free agent, and since he is not under contract to anyone, "He will be allowed to try out." The Jazz could decide to sign him for the Revue.

Also on the Jazz's Revue invitees list are second-year men Deron Williams and C.J. Miles, 2006 draftees Robbie Brewer, Dee Brown and Millsap, Utah State products Spencer Nelson and Troy Rolle and former Illinois forward Roger Powell Jr., making it three Illini on the initial roster.

Completing the list of invitees are 5-9 Virginia Tech guard Brian Chase and 6-5 Temple guard David Hawkins, both rookies.

The Revue will be held July 14-21, with Sunday and Wednesday off. Teams participating with Utah will be Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Antonio and Seattle.

OH, FISH: Golden State is said to have felt confident about making Wednesday's agreement with the Jazz to trade veteran guard Derek Fisher to Utah for Keith McLeod, Devin Brown and Andre Owens because of the play of its second-year guard Monta Ellis.

But Ellis on Thursday injured a knee practicing with the Warriors in Las Vegas for that city's summer league games and was sent back to the Bay Area to be evaluated, leading to worries that Golden State might not want to complete the deal July 12, when trades are legal again.

But G.S. coach Mike Montgomery told San Francisco Chronicle writer Janny Hu that Ellis's injury shouldn't affect the trade. "That's a separate issue," Montgomery said. He had planned to give Ellis time at point guard over the next week or so. Fisher was the primary point backup for Baron Davis last season.

O'Connor had "no comment" on the situation.

OH, J.J.: Many Jazz fans were disappointed when Orlando selected Duke shooter J.J. Redick before Utah could take him June 28. Redick had revealed the week before that he had a herniated disk in his back but said it didn't need surgery, and he would be fine and expected to play in the team's own summer league that opens Monday.

But Thursday, the Orlando Sentinel's Brian Schmitz reported that Redick will be held out of the summer league as a precaution.

So perhaps Jazz fans, who have agonized for years about injuries to Carlos Boozer, Curtis Borchardt, Raul Lopez and others, can feel a little better for now about not getting Redick.

MORE SUMMER: Other than Jazz invitees, there are apparently no local ties with the other Revue teams. However, several local products will be in other summer leagues.

Bountiful's Jackson Vroman is with the Miami Heat team that will play in Orlando's Summer League, and former Jazz draftee Kaniel Dickens is with the Indiana Pacers's entry at Orlando.

Four local players and one the Jazz considered drafting last month, J.P. Batista of Gonzaga, are playing in the Las Vegas Summer League, Batista on the Minnesota entry. Also in Vegas are BYU's Terrell Lyday with the Clippers, Southern Utah's Fred House with Portland, Utah Valley's Ronnie Price with Sacramento and Murray's Britton Johnsen (Utah) with Phoenix.


Contributing: Tim Buckley

E-mail: lham@desnews.com