Mike Terry, Deseret News
PORTLAND, Ore. — Five and roughly two-thirds seasons after he arrived, Carlos Boozer — the subject of more trade rumors over the years than the New York Stock Exchange — remains in Utah.
Now, again, he's talking about sticking around even longer — and he even sounds serious about it.
"I think it's a great possibility," Boozer said after scoring 30 points and grabbing 16 rebounds — his 34th double-double this season — in Friday's win at Golden State.
"We'll find out in July," he added. "I'm not going to think about that, worry about that.
We've still got 20-something games, playoffs and a whole lot of basketball left. I'll worry about that when the time is right."
Looking back, Boozer blew off Thursday's NBA trade deadline day as no big deal.
"This is my eighth year in the league, man," he said. "It's not the first time I've been talked about with trades. So I wasn't nervous at all."
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, meanwhile, likes how Boozer has dealt with an unlikely sixth season in Utah — and defended, again, Boozer's lengthy injury history.
"A lot of people tried to make a big deal out of the fact that he got hurt a couple of times," Sloan said, "(but) injuries are something none of us have any control over.
"He's played extremely well, and I'm proud of him and the way that he's handled the situation he's been in."
ROAD WARRIORS: Six consecutive road wins — including ones already at Houston, New Orleans and Golden State on their current four-game trip — have the 35-19 Jazz feeling awfully good.
"It just shows that we're maturing a lot," point Deron Williams said. "It's something we've been searching for the last couple of years, to win consistently on the road."
The road streak is the Jazz's longest since winning six straight from Feb. 12-20 2002.
They're averaging 103.7 points while shooting 50.5 percent while holding opponents to 39.4 percent during the run.
With a victory tonight at Portland, they can match the fourth-longest road winning streak in franchise history.
The Jazz won seven straight from Jan. 6 through Feb. 23 2001, eight straight from March 12 through April 6, 1997, nine straight from Feb. 14 through March 16, 1998, and 15 straight from Nov. 27, 1994, through Jan. 26 1995.
"Let's not get too ahead of ourselves. We tend to do that a little bit," Williams said.
"We just want to keep playing the same basketball we've been playing, doing the same things we've been doing."
TRADE ANALYSIS: Some national analysis of Thursday's Ronnie Brewer trade:
ESPN.com's" TARGET="_blank">class="bullet-item">ESPN.com's John Hollinger: "Brewer was a reasonably productive player on a decent contract, and the Jazz were playing well, so why give him away? The answer is to save $2.7 million in luxury-tax payments. ... I can't fault the Jazz too much here — they're a small-market team paying luxury tax, so you can't exactly call them cheapskates — but it still feels like a letdown. ... Grade: C+"
Yahoo.com's" TARGET="_blank">class="bullet-item">Yahoo.com's Johnny Ludden: "The Jazz tried to sell Brewer's trade as a chance to free minutes for their other wing players. The trade will do that, but it was also made because of money. ... This much is sure: Getting rid of a productive rotation player doesn't help Utah's chances of securing the Western Conference's second playoff seed. Contenders usually try to improve their depth for the stretch run, not thin it."
ESPN.com's" TARGET="_blank">class="bullet-item">ESPN.com's Chad Ford: "Positive spin: Once the luxury-tax savings are factored in, the Jazz saved millions by moving Brewer. They were made whole by a protected pick from the Grizzlies down the road. Negative spin: If he excels in Memphis, they may regret letting him go."
MISC.: Jazz center Mehmet Okur missed Friday's game due to the birth of son Yigit, and he's not expected to return from Utah for tonight's game either. ... Acquired Tuesday via trade from the Los Angeles Clippers, veteran center Marcus Camby made his Portland debut in Friday's loss to Boston. ... Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of Jazz owner Larry H. Miller's death due to complications from type 2 diabetes. The Jazz on Monday hope to raise diabetes awareness via a ticket promotion for their home game vs. Atlanta: Buy four lower-bowl seats and four hot dogs for $35 per ticket and the teams donates $5 from each ticket to the American Diabetes Association.
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