Utah Jazz: Jefferson, Millsap staying put as NBA trade deadline passes with Jazz saying 'no deal'

Published: Thursday, Feb. 21 2013 10:05 p.m. MST

At various points, Jefferson was rumored to be headed to San Antonio, while Millsap's name was attached to reports about deals from the Los Angeles Clippers to the New Jersey Nets, and a few teams in between.

"A lot of stuff that was out there was completely inaccurate," Lindsey said without giving specifics.

The lack of deals means this offseason will be a wild one for the Jazz. Only five players have guaranteed contracts past this year — Favors, Kanter, Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks and Jeremy Evans — and their combined salaries only amount to $26 million.

Veteran small forward Marvin Williams has a player option for $7.5 million, but if he doesn't exercise that, Utah would have 10 current players off the books this summer.

It isn't out of the question that the Jazz will pursue Millsap, Jefferson or both this offseason.

"We have a lot of players that want to be back," Lindsey said.

One player won't be back, for sure.

Though many believed he'd be moved, exiled Jazz guard Raja Bell was not moved as his camp expected.

Bell's agent, Herb Rudoy, told the Deseret News he has "no idea" what the Jazz will do with the 36-year-old Bell, who could be waived or receive a buyout of a portion of his $3.5 million contract.

Lindsey declined to comment on the Jazz's plans for Bell.

The Jazz GM also compared getting Hayward back from injury and Mo Williams' impending return as successful "trade acquisitions."

"Early returns on that were good," Lindsey said regarding Hayward's 17-point game in Tuesday's 115-101 win over Golden State, his first back after a 10-game absence.

Lindsey added that Williams has been "diligent" in his rehab and said the point guard, who's returned to practice, "seems to be on track or ahead of track to come back." A timetable was not given, though.

Lindsey wouldn't give details on how close the Jazz came to making a deal, but he said Utah brass stayed up late Wednesday game-planning. The father of four was even able to enjoy a quick breakfast with his 6-year-old daughter — with his phone nearby — before rejoining the group on Thursday morning for the final deadline stretch.

Because a trade wasn't on the morning menu, the Jazz executives will have many more of those strategy sessions and more decisions to make in the next few months before the June draft and July's free-agency period.

Lindsey looks forward to it. He's excited to try to bring those contender-building pieces to Utah.

"If you're running from work," he said, "you've chosen the wrong business."

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