DETROIT - Is Motown the backup plan for "Mo-Pete". Former Michigan State standout Morris Peterson is in negotiations with the Utah Jazz who clearly appear to be the front runner for the 6-foot-6 swingman formerly of the Toronto Raptors.
Peterson has made it clear he wants to play with a winner and his public remarks seem to indicate that the Jazz are his preferred destination.
"I'm going to their facility (Monday morning) to talk with ownership, general manager Kevin O'Connor and people on the coaching staff and in the front office," Peterson told the Associated Press. "Since I have some control as a free agent, I really want to play with a winner, like the Jazz, and with a team that believes in me."
But Detroit is within shouting distance of his alma mater in East Lansing but conflicting reports say that the Pistons might not be willing to use their mid-level exception to the NBA's salary cap to acquire the veteran.
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer earlier reported that the Cavaliers have backed away from any interest they may have had in Peterson. Is it unknown whether or not the decision by former Piston and Magic star Grant Hill to move to the Phoenix Suns will affect Detroit's interest in Peterson.
Peterson will be back in his native Flint, MI on Tuesday to conduct a basketball camp and hopes to have a better handle on where he will be playing his ball this fall by then.