Tag:Utah Jazz
Posted on: September 28, 2009 3:28 pm

Battle for starting forward spot news to Boozer

By Tim Buckley - The Deseret News- When training camp opened Saturday, coach Jerry Sloan made it known he had not yet decided if incumbent Carlos Boozer or backup Paul Millsap

will start the 2009-10 NBA season at power forward for the Jazz.

It was news to Boozer.

"I feel like I'm the starter," the two-time NBA All-Star said Sunday, before the Jazz open their second day of two-a-days. "I think I've earned that. That's the only role I've been in my whole career."

Boozer has started each game he's played in four of his five seasons with the Jazz, and started 129 of 156 in during his two years in Cleveland.

"I think it's great to have competition," said Boozer, who during the offseason expressed eagerness to be traded to either Chicago or Miami. "You know, I think Paul is very good. I guess if we are competing, then we're competing for it. But I feel like I am the starter."

Boozer indicated he did not feel the fact he missed 45 games due to injury last season should be held against him in the season to come.

"Obviously me being hurt, that hurt us a little bit. I think if I was healthy we'd have a higher seed (than eighth in the Western Conference) in the playoffs," he said. "But, at the same time, maybe it does (have an impact on his status).

"You know, I can't control having knee surgery. I had to have it. I tried to avoid it, but I had to have it," added Boozer, who first sustained a quadriceps injury and later underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. "So if it affects me from that respect then that's (Sloan's) decision."

But Boozer did suggest he'd be open to yielding some of his minutes to Millsap, who in July signed a four-year, $32 million offer sheet with Portland that was matched by Utah.

"If we're winning, and everybody gets out there and has a chance to help us win, I'm happy with that," said Boozer, who averaged 32.3 minutes last season and 34.5 in 2007-08.

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Posted on: September 28, 2009 11:57 am
Edited on: September 28, 2009 11:58 am

Williams to play for USA

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that even if the Jazz fail to advance past the first round of the playoffs again this season, Deron Williams already knows he is looking ahead to a shorter summer in 2010.

Williams said Sunday that he has committed to play for USA Basketball at next summer's FIBA world championships in Turkey and already has received a preliminary schedule leading up to the event.

Having played on the gold-medal winning "Redeem Team" at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Williams wasn't sure of how many of his teammates were similarly committed to return next summer.

But Williams said the world championships were anything but an afterthought following the Olympics.

"Not at all," Williams said. "We want to keep it going. You don't just get to be in the Olympics just because you're the U.S.A. You've got to go out there and earn your spot. So we have to qualify first, and hopefully we can do that next summer."

It will be the third time in four years that Williams will have played for USA Basketball, including a 2007 qualifying tournament in Las Vegas. Among the rest of the Jazz, Andrei Kirilenko , Mehmet Okur and Kosta Koufos all could play for their respective countries.


Posted on: July 9, 2009 10:53 am

Portland gunning for Millsap

The Oregonian reports that the Portland Trail Blazers have set their sights on Utah Jazz restricted free agent PF Paul Millsap after some trades the team had been working on fell through this week.

Since Millsap is restricted, the Jazz would have the right to match any offer he gets from another club. However, a source told the Oregonian that the Trail Blazers are putting together a "toxic" offer that will be designed to dissuade other teams from joining the fray.

The story also noted that Millsap has allegedly told the Blazers he would be OK with playing behind LaMarcus Aldridge .
Posted on: June 9, 2009 10:33 am

Boozer still undecided about free agency

The Deseret Morning News reports that Carlos Boozer recently indicated on a national cable TV program that he is undecided about whether he'll opt out of the final year of his Utah Jazz contract to enter the free agent market this summer, or if he'll stick around in Utah to play out the final year.

Boozer has until June 30 to make his decision. The final remaining season on his Jazz deal would pay him $12,657,233.

"I want to make the best decision we can, obviously," Boozer said. "Do my homework, do my due diligence and on June 30 I'll decide either to opt in or opt out."

"I mean, obviously, I put the ball in their court. You know, I told them I wanted to be there, and we'll see how they respond."
Category: NBA
Posted on: May 22, 2009 12:40 am

Boozer likely to opt out of Jazz contract

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that it appears Carlos Boozer will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Utah Jazz to play the free agency market.

Boozer's contract calls for him to earn $12.7 million for the 2009-10 season, but the story noted that Boozer is looking for a long-term deal. Jazz CEO Greg Miller reportedly told Boozer that the Jazz wants to keep him for next season, although the team has been working on the assumption that Boozer will leave.

It remains possible that Boozer would opt out of his contract only to sign a new long-term deal with the Jazz, similar to what Gilbert Arenas did with the Wizards in the summer of 2008.
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Posted on: March 31, 2009 11:32 am

Bulls would pursue deal for Chris Bosh

The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports that the Chicago Bulls will definitely be interested in dealing for Chris Bosh , if the Raptors All-Star hits the market.

The story notes that the Bulls would be more interested in Bosh than Amare Stoudemire , if the Suns keep him available. The belief is that Bosh would fit in better with the Bulls and the team is more convinced that Bosh would make a good teammate, and are not as sold on Stoudemire in that regard.

The Bulls would have their work cut out for them if they pursued Bosh. There are numerous teams that would be in the running for Bosh if he were available, including New York, Golden State, Miami and Utah. The story also speculates that the Raptors could reach out to the Lakers and try to get Pau Gasol in exchange for Bosh.

Posted on: November 26, 2008 10:35 am

Jazz C Collins may opt for elbow surgery

Jazz center Jarron Collins is weighing his options for getting his still-injured elbow back up to par, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune. Collins injured the elbow in an off-the-court accident in which his golf cart overturned after skidding on wet pavement in the offseason.

Collins said his options are either to rest the elbow -- which would keep him on the bench four to six weeks -- or surgery, which would require a minimum eight week layoff.

"Right now," Collins said as quoted in the Deseret Morning News, "I'm just trying to gather information to try to make the decision that's best for me, to get me back out on the court. "It's a tough decision, because either way I'm going to miss some time."
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Posted on: September 24, 2008 4:13 pm

Opting-out talk revolving around Utah's Boozer

According to Dessert Morning News, much of the opting-out talk has revolved around Carlos Boozer. He's been rumored to be headed to Miami, where he resides in the offseason.

He is also good friends with Heat owner Micky Arison. Boozer even fueled some talk about leaving the NBA for Europe with a comment he made while in China.

Williams tried his darnedest to convince Boozer to stay in Utah while they were teammates in Beijing this summer, but it's widely speculated that the power forward will test the free-agent waters next summer.

The Jazz could still re-sign him, but he would be an unrestricted free agent, and the price tag would probably be higher than his current $11.6 million salary.
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