Utah Jazz: For various reasons, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap relieved NBA trade deadline is in the past

Published: Friday, Feb. 22 2013 9:15 p.m. MST

"We've got the same attitude today that we had two days ago," he said.

That attitude, he pointed out, is to play their best and make a strong playoff run.

"I'm pretty sure the young guys had their thoughts. We all vets around here. We knew every year around this time there will be a bunch of talk," Jefferson said. "We were just focused on what we needed to be focused on, and that's winning games."

Corbin was quick to compliment his players on how they handled themselves during what had to be a nerve-wracking time — despite claims to the contrary.

"They did a great job of just working to get better and playing within what we were trying to do to help us win games," Corbin said. "It showed a lot of character on their part. It showed who these guys are and we're pleased to have all of them. I'm looking forward to the remainder of the year."

Corbin said he didn't spend too much time in the Jazz's war room Thursday.

"Just enough to know what's going on. It's their thing," he said. "I don't need to be in all of the talk. They kept me abreast of what I needed to be abreast of."

In the end, Corbin got his wish — the Jazz remained the same.

"I trust those guys (Jazz front-office executives) completely," he said. "They understand that whatever was offered wasn't where we were and what was good for us."

Millsap said his intuition told him he was probably staying, so he didn't get too anxious. Admittedly, it was somewhat flattering for him to hear about being valued and wanted around the league.

"It's exciting your name being tossed around like that. You never know," he said. "But at the same time it can be nerve-wracking. … I'm relieved that it's over with, the whole situation, the whole process."

All that matters, he added, is that he didn't get the phone call from his agent/uncle, DeAngelo Simmons.

"Everybody was pretty confident that this was our team. We were playing free throughout the whole process," Millsap said. "Hopefully, our mentalities don't change. Hopefully, we'll continue to fight for something and keep getting better."

And leave the fretting and sweating over their futures until July's free-agency frenzy.

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