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Jazz’s Harpring undergoes successful bone-spur surgery

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Jazz backup small forward Matt Harpring on Thursday underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to remove two bone spurs from his right ankle, the Jazz announced Friday.

The outpatient procedure was performed by Dr. R. Marvin Royster in Atlanta, where Harpring played at Georgia Tech and makes his offseason home.

No information on Harpring's recovery timeline was immediately made available.

Last offseason, Harpring had surgery to address bone spurs on his left ankle.

The 32-year-old has played 10 NBA seasons, including six in Utah. He averaged 8.2 points and 18.1 minutes over 76 games during the 2007-08 regular season.

Harpring is the third Jazz player to undergo surgery this offseason.

Backup power forward Paul Millsap had a torn thumb ligament repaired shortly after the season ended, and backup shooting guard Kyle Korver had a bone spur removed from his left foot.

Both of those surgeries also were deemed to have been successful, according to the Jazz.

WORKOUTS PLANNED: The Jazz will work out six pro prospects on Sunday, including highly regarded University of Florida big man Marreese Speights.

The 6-foot-10 Speights is a possible first-round selection for the Jazz in the June 26 NBA Draft, though he could be long gone by the time Utah picks at No. 23 overall.

Another possible Jazzman who will work out Sunday in Utah is Rider power forward Jason Thompson, who according to various Internet mock drafts could go anywhere from the latter half of the first round to the first half of the second round.

Also scheduled to audition Sunday: 6-10 Cal power forward Ryan Anderson; 6-9 Indiana power forward D.J. White; Alabama point guard Ronald Steele; and University of Utah point Johnnie Bryant.

According to ESPN.com, Anderson and White could go late in the first round or sometime in the second, and Steele is a likely second-rounder.

Bryant is a fill-in for previously scheduled Swedish point guard Rudy Mbemba, who was injured in a previous workout elsewhere.

It's the second Jazz workout for Bryant, who said last week that he hopes to earn a summer-league invitation and perhaps embark on a playing career overseas.

Besides picking 23rd, the Jazz select No. 44 overall in the second round of the 60-pick draft.

HIBBERT WATCH: Georgetown center Roy Hibbert, who worked out for the Jazz last week and is projected by many Internet mock drafts to be headed to Utah at No. 23, worked out Thursday for the Indiana Pacers.

Hibbert, projected by some last year to be a potential lottery pick before deciding to return for his senior season, told The Indianapolis Star, "Sometimes people like to tell me I would have gone higher last year, but I don't think I was mentally or physically ready to go ... I feel like this year I'm more ready for the endeavors and the rigors of the NBA season."

The Pacers pick 11th in the opening round of this year's draft.

SLOAN SPEAKS: Houston Chronicle columnist Richard Justice quoted an unidentified "NBA coach" telling this tale revolving around the hot topic of refereeing and involving Jazz coach Jerry Sloan:

"Michael Jordan is cursing an official right in front of our bench. I'm hearing every word of it, and I promise you very few players could get away with the things he's saying. When Michael is finished, the referee asks, 'Can I have your shoes for my charity auction?'

"Now I'm ticked off. Are you telling me this guy is going to make tough calls on Michael Jordan when he's hoping to get a pair of his shoes? So I bring it up when the coaches meet with the league that summer. You know what the league guy asks? He wants me to give him the name of the referee. It's like I'm making up the story. No way I'm naming the ref. If the ref doesn't get back at me, one of his buddies will.

"I'm trying to get out of giving up the guy's name when Jerry Sloan speaks up, saying, 'Of course, stuff like that goes on. We've all heard it.' God bless Jerry Sloan."

RUMOR MILL: According to the Orlando Sentinel this week, the Jazz, along with Miami and Dallas, are among "several teams that are expected to show interest" in Magic unrestricted free agent combo guard Keyon Dooling.

The Sentinel spoke to Dooling and his agent, Rob Pelinka, for its story but did not cite a specific source for rumor of the Jazz's interest.

Dooling, 28, averaged 8.1 points in 18.5 minutes per game last season, when he made nearly $3.6 million. He is expecting a pay raise, the Sentinel reported.

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