ANAHEIM, Calif. — Now that the most unsettled situation evidently has an answer, it seems — barring injury, or change of mind — Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has settled on a starting lineup.
Sloan on Monday indicated he likes Andrei Kirilenko opening at small forward and swingman C.J. Miles coming off the bench.
Both, Sloan said, have "played pretty well" so far this preseason.
"I'll probably stay that way for a while, see how it goes," he said.
That means Kirilenko would join point guard Deron Williams, shooting guard Raja Bell, power forward Paul Millsap and center Al Jefferson at the start of Utah's Oct. 27 NBA regular season opener at Denver.
Kirilenko opened 35 of his 58 games last season, mostly came off the bench in 2008-09 and was a full-time starter for five seasons prior to that.
Miles was a full-time starter in 2008-09, but — after missing the first 17 games due to thumb surgery — he played a reserve role in 35 of 63 games last season.
"C.J. gives us some ability to be able to score some with our second group," said Sloan, whose Jazz face the Los Angeles Lakers in a preseason game here tonight. "That's probably what we're looking at as much as anything."
Kirilenko's 13-point performance against the Lakers marked his highest output of the preseason.
Miles has scored in double digits in each of the Jazz's last five exhibitions, including 20 in Saturday's road win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
WILLIAMS OUT FRIDAY: Williams took part in a light practice Monday and may play tonight.
The All-Star point will not play, however, when the Jazz play host Friday to Sacramento in their eighth and final exhibition.
He'll skip the game against the Kings due to personal reasons.
Williams has missed Utah's last two preseason games due to a strained right calf.
He said Monday that his calf felt "a little bit" better just walking around, but his decision regarding availability for tonight will depend on how the muscle feels today.
Veteran big man Francisco Elson (strained hamstring) and rookie forward Jeremy Evans (flu-like symptoms) also both practiced Monday and, like Williams, are listed as "probable."
Elson has missed the Jazz's first six preseason games. Evans sat out Sunday.
OKUR UPDATE: A week. A month. Maybe much longer.
Jazz center Mehmet Okur still doesn't know when he'll be back from April surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon.
"I have no idea," he said Monday. "But things are going well for me."10 comments on this story
All indications, however, suggest the return will be later rather than sooner.
Okur said he's ready to increase his rehab work in the weight room and on the basketball floor, but he still isn't jumping yet off of the repaired tendon.
HE SAID IT: Big man Al Jefferson, after the Jazz won both of their two games in the weekend's four-team Laker Shootout: "Where's our trophy at? I want my trophy."