Millsap's match, after all, has the Jazz payroll currently at about $82 million — prompting most to suspect a cost-saving deal involving Boozer must come eventually if not right away.
That leaves Millsap, a 2006 second-round draft choice, seemingly destined to soon replace two-time NBA All-Star Boozer as the Jazz's starting power forward.
"Keeping Paul on our roster was one of our main goals this offseason," O'Connor said in the statement released Friday by the Jazz. "We look forward to watching him play a key role on this team for many years to come."
Friday's news release confirmed information that was leaked Thursday.
The deal is worth $32 million over four years, including $10.3 million payable before the end of the month. Millsap averaged 13.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in 76 games last season, and finished fourth in media voting for the league's Most Improved Player award.
The Louisiana Tech product's numbers improved in the 38 games he started last season, a stretch — mostly when Boozer was injured and out — in which he averaged 16.0 points and 10.3 boards.
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