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Utah Jazz: Celtics tried to trade for Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap at deadline

Published: Friday, July 3 2015 3:02 a.m. MDT

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) speaks with media as the Jazz players clean out their lockers for the season in Salt Lake City Thursday, April 18, 2013. According to Comcast Sports Net, the Boston Celtics tried to trade for Jefferson and/or Paul Millsap before the trade deadline. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) speaks with media as the Jazz players clean out their lockers for the season in Salt Lake City Thursday, April 18, 2013. According to Comcast Sports Net, the Boston Celtics tried to trade for Jefferson and/or Paul Millsap before the trade deadline. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The Utah Jazz were in talks about possibly trading big men Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap to the Boston Celtics at the trade deadline according to Greg Dickerson of Comcast Sportsnet.

Jefferson was drafted by the Celtics and spent three seasons in Boston before being traded to Minnesota. Millsap was drafted by the Jazz in 2006. Both are scheduled to become free agents on July 1.

The possible terms of the trade were not reported, although the Celtics did end up trading big man Jason Collins and point guard Leandro Barbosa to the Washington Wizards for Jordan Crawford.

Although there was speculation that the Jazz would move one or more of its eight players scheduled to become free agents, the Jazz made no transactions at the trade deadline.

Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) speaks to the media as the Jazz players clean out their lockers for the season in Salt Lake City Thursday, April 18, 2013. According to Comcast Sports Net, the Boston Celtics tried to trade for Millsap and/or Al Jefferson before the trade deadline. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) speaks to the media as the Jazz players clean out their lockers for the season in Salt Lake City Thursday, April 18, 2013. According to Comcast Sports Net, the Boston Celtics tried to trade for Millsap and/or Al Jefferson before the trade deadline. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

With the departure of so many free agents, the Jazz are currently on the hook for only $26.9 million in salary next year, the second lowest in the league. All the additional cap space makes it likely that the Jazz will try and re-sign some of their scheduled free agents.

The Jazz are projected to have the second most cap space when free agency begins July 1, behind the Atlanta Hawks.

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