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Utah's Layden, N.Y. reportedly talking

Scott Layden, vice president of basketball operations for the Jazz, met with Knicks officials over the weekend to discuss taking a similar position with the team, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Monday.

Layden's departure is imminent, KSTU Fox television reported. Layden refused comment Sunday night.

Jazz publicist Kim Turner told the Associated Press he couldn't confirm the move.

"Stranger things have happened, but as of Friday when I left the office, I didn't know anything about it," Turner said.

Barry Watkins, a spokesman for Madison Square Garden, would neither confirm nor deny the story.

Layden, son of former Jazz coach Frank Layden, helped shape the team over the past 18 years, calling most of the major personnel shots for 11 years.

Dave Checketts, the Knicks president and chief operating officer, was president of the Jazz in the 1980s and maintains close ties to Utah.

The Knicks' job opened in April with the demotion of Ernie Grunfeld.

Player personnel director Ed Tapscott has been handling many of the general manager's duties this summer.

BUCKS: PG Haywoode Workman re-signed a one-year contract. In his eighth season, Workman averaged 6.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and a team-high 5.9 assists.

CLIPPERS: The team re-signed Tyrone Nesby, matching the three-year, $8.9-million offer the 6-foot-6 forward signed with San Antonio.

HORNETS: F Derrick Coleman could face criminal charges for allegedly urinating in the dining room of a Detroit restaurant Saturday. Coleman's attorney, Harold MacDonald, said Coleman was in the bar with boxer Thomas Hearns and Pacers G Jalen Rose when he spilled a drink on his pants and stood to wipe it off. MacDonald said an employee thought Coleman was urinating. "It's a big misunderstanding," Coleman told Detroit television station WJBK. "I'm going to leave it alone until I can straighten it out."

NETS: The team re-signed F Scott Burrell to a one-year, $1-million contract. The team also signed C Evan Eschmeyer, a second-round draft choice.

NUGGETS: Ron Mercer showed up five days late without assurances he will remain beyond the season remaining on his contract.

SIXERS: The team waived C Casey Shaw, who appeared in nine games last season.

SONICS: The team signed G Vernon Maxwell, who averaged 10.7 points with Sacramento last season, to a three-year contract. Maxwell was taken by the Nuggets out of Florida in the second round of the '88 NBA draft. His 1,155 three-pointers are sixth on the league's career list.

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