Jazz notes: Surgery for Palacio, who wants to return to Jazz

Published: Saturday, April 22 2006 12:00 a.m. MDT

Jazz guard Milt Palacio has surgery planned to repair his damaged left knee, his agent confirmed Friday.

"The report I received is that they need to do a little cleanup of some loose particles in his knee," agent Andy Miller said. "It's nothing major, but we're better off doing it now."

Miller suggested the surgery will not prevent Palacio, an unrestricted free agent this summer, from being fully ready to play next season.

Palacio, a Colorado State product who has played for six teams in his seven NBA seasons, appeared in 71 games this season mostly at point guard, including 18 starts.

But he missed four of the Jazz's final five games due to inflammation in his knee, and did not play at all in Utah's last seven games.

Palacio, who signed with Utah as a free agent last summer, wound up averaging 6.2 points and 2.7 assists.

Miller said his client wants to re-sign with the Jazz.

"Milt's first hope — and I made this clear to Utah — is we can reach an agreement with Utah," the agent said. "He really enjoyed playing for Coach (Jerry) Sloan and wants to maintain that relationship."

Among the Jazz's many decisions this offseason will be whether or not to re-sign Palacio, and whether or not to pick up the second-year option on fellow reserve guard Keith McLeod's contract.

PICKY, PICKY: After various ties were broken Friday via random drawings to determine order of selection in the June 28 NBA Draft, the Jazz learned they will choose at No. 47 overall in the second round with their own pick and at No. 46 overall in the second round with a pick that originally belonged to Chicago but was acquired via trade with Houston.

Had a complicated tie-breaker process worked in its favor, Utah could have chosen as high as No. 45 in the second round with the Chicago selection.

Instead, Indiana will pick 45th.

The Jazz also have a first-round pick, which will be No. 14 overall unless they get lucky with one of their 5-among-1,000 chances in the league's May 23 Draft Lottery and move up to No. 3, No. 2 or No. 1 overall.

PLAY ON: No fewer than 10 former Jazz players are on the 13-man rosters of teams that begin play as early as today in the NBA playoffs: Randy Livingston (Chicago), Donyell Marshall and Sasha Pavlovic (Cleveland), Howard Eisley (Denver), Shandon Anderson (Miami), Mo Williams (Milwaukee), Scott Padgett and Jacque Vaughn (New Jersey), Raja Bell (Phoenix) and Michael Ruffin (Washington).

Among those with local ties on 13-man playoff rosters are University of Utah products Keith Van Horn (Dallas), Andre Miller (Denver), Michael Doleac (Miami) and Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee); Weber State product Eddie Gill and Utah native Scot Pollard (Indiana); and former Utah Valley State star Ronnie Price (Sacramento).

OSTERHELP: Even though he has announced he has played his last NBA game, there is still a way center Greg Ostertag can help the Jazz.

If Ostertag holds off on submitting his formal retirement paperwork to the NBA, the Jazz could still use the unrestricted free agent in a deal should his salary figure be needed to make a multi-player swap conform to league trade rules.


E-mail: tbuckley@desnews.com

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