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Utah Jazz: Korver stays; what about others?

Mehmet Okur's agent in Salt Lake

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  • mailman
    Dec. 17, 2009 7:51 p.m.

    bring back johny and malone man for real

  • MartzMimic, Oklahoma City
    June 30, 2009 8:35 p.m.

    I think whomever it was that said Oklahoma City would offer Millsap $65 million has been smoking something. Yes, Millsap would be an upgrade, but the Thunder's most pressing need - after picking up a shooting guard in the draft - is for a defensive presence in the low post. Plus, any contract that large would eat up all of the cap flexibility Sam Presti has worked to create.

  • Sheri
    June 30, 2009 7:59 p.m.

    Glad to see that KK is staying in a Jazz uniform.

  • Glad to have KK BACK!!!
    June 30, 2009 7:32 p.m.

    Hard worker and a good shooter when healthy,should get more minutes this year,actually should GET ALL OF mile`s minutes!!!!!

  • Sheri
    June 30, 2009 7:06 p.m.

    I'm glad to hear that KK is staying in a Jazz uniform for one more year.



  • Pastor88
    June 30, 2009 4:38 p.m.

    Jazzrule- Thanks for the rule update. I was unaware that they changed that portion. Obviuosly thats not a good thing. But now it gives more reason to get AK on the floor and comfortable again in posting precontract numbers. Of course, thats all up to Sloan, who has hurt many solid pplayers careers by his coaching by humiliation program.
    Thanks again for the update

  • Trade Boozer. . . for?
    June 30, 2009 3:07 p.m.

    Anybody -- he'd better enjoy his big salary for one more year, because his career is going NOWHERE -- and every GM out there knows he's a fraud. Plays well when he's on the floor, but the question is how many games per year is he good for? Not enough to warrant big bucks, and that's why the Jazz will eventually (hopefully that's sooner than later) trade him. He's by no definition out there the cornerstone player a franchise can build around.

  • Korver needs more freedom
    June 30, 2009 1:34 p.m.

    Korver has made many adjustments to play for the Jazz!
    He has been willing to be a role player when he was a starter for Philly. He is not ego oriented and is a worthy team player. He has been expected to force the ball inside instead of having the freedom to shoot in rhythm. There is no one better when he shoots at his pace! He is well worth the money! The Jazz need to let him play his style of basketball and we will all see what a difference he can make! Korver is an exciting player that can recharge the Jazz line up if he gets more freedom. Let Korver do his thing!

  • sillyguy
    June 30, 2009 1:33 p.m.

    A trade with Detroit not going to happen , Boozer is staying put. Sorry all you Jazz Fans , Korver ROCKS!

  • jazz :)
    June 30, 2009 1:01 p.m.

    Can we trade Boozer if he decides to stay? That would be my choice. AK was doing fine, well...everyone seemed to be doing great, moving up anyway, UNTIL Boozer came back off his injury. Shame on Sloan for playing him. Milsap was right up there and things were going well even though everyone looked tired. The whole game and team attitude seemed to change negatively when Booz came back. Sloan should've made him EARN his minutes back. Unfair to Milsap who was learning to grind out a decent game. We had a flow anyway. Yeah...never seems like we get a FULL team. Korver will improve. They took a 3 baller and made him do all sorts of different stuff here. CONFUSION? He's learning and improving and anyone who is gutsy enough to take a charge from Shaq has my respect. We need a full team with ATTITUDE AND HEART. That would eliminate a few whiners.

  • @KJ/Chadders/etc
    June 30, 2009 12:28 p.m.

    The Jazz can be grateful they are not PHO or HOU. They will handle this pretty well and if they are smart will get exactly the players they need and a championship team in the long run.

    KOC does not have L Miller tying his hands this time like he did with Stockton and Malone. Greg seems like a pure business type. The Jazz are just another Toyota dealership to him. He knows he can get a better team for what he is paying.

    Worst case Greg will have to pay some luxury tax for a year. He knows it is worth it if he gets the right team. He knows how much a championship means in car sales and also to Salt Lake.

    The Clippers want to move Camby and Z but you are on the right track. I doubt if you can get Kaman. The Jazz will get a better player than Kaman for Boozer.

    If Boozer is not careful he will end up like AI and Marbury,playing for the mid level exemption or less.

  • cg
    June 30, 2009 12:01 p.m.

    The Jazz should keep Milsap and make sure he starts over Boozer...he is by far a much better player.

  • Smiling Fans
    June 30, 2009 11:55 a.m.

    Enough of the trade talk for Korver. He has chosen to stay with the Jazz. The Jazz are fortunate to have a player of his caliber to stay in Utah. Korver sometimes gets a bad rap on defense. If Boozer worked half as hard on defense as Korver the Jazz would be a whole lot better. We need to keep Korver happy! We need his shooting and his work ethic! If would be terrific if Korver could work out an extension on his contract. He will be a force to be reckoned with this season! Korver fans are smiling!

  • todd from santa ana
    June 30, 2009 11:53 a.m.

    there are limited players out there can help the jazz, forgetting salary even for a moment.

    If Prince, Hamilton, Camby, Kaman or CHandler available focus on deals involving those 5 combination of, then you can get rid of Boozie, keep Millsap. let Okur, Price, try to talk Matt into retirement, possibly include Cj

    there are ways to manuever but again it take "creative GM"

  • KJ
    June 30, 2009 11:38 a.m.

    Look on the bright side, if Boozer opts in along with Korver the Jazz will have three expiring contracts (Korver, Boozer, Harpring), they can use to entice teams in a trade. Obviously, if Okur opts in as well that makes four. The Jazz are in a good place. Now, some may make the argument the Jazz front office aren't active/savvy enough to take advantage of these expiring deals by way of trade, and maybe there's some truth to that. But if you're disappointed in how the Jazz's offseason is shaping out, the silver lining is that your team still has options at their disposal even if many people's Satan (Boozer) opts in.

    Not that any of you care, but I'm a Pacers fan living in SLC, and I can't tell you how badly I wish my team could have some expiring deals to offer in order to get a solid player to put alongside Danny Granger. Bottom line: your offseason is far from over regardless of how things turn out today.

  • John Wicks
    June 30, 2009 11:26 a.m.

    One way to pick up 4 mil. for the Team is to trade C.J. I doubt anyone would want him at that price but it is an idea to shop around.

  • Anonymous
    June 30, 2009 11:09 a.m.

    The Jazz should get Millsap back no matter what and start him over Boozer and get rid of Boozer and also get rid of Memit Okur.

  • STEVE-O
    June 30, 2009 10:42 a.m.

    Some of you talk like the Jazz were as bad as the Clippers last year! Remember all the injuries, remember the owner passing away. There were major problems last year. Boozer wasn't 100%, Okur didn't play the first 2 playoff games and after that he wasn't healthy at all. Deron Williams said he didn't play a single game all year without pain and discomfort. The Jazz overachieved last year when you consider all the issues. They do have some good core players but they just have to stay healthy.
    Keep everybody but Boozer. He's proven he CAN'T stay healthy. He's just like Yao Ming. At least Yao has X-rays to prove something was really wrong.

  • re: STEVE-O
    June 30, 2009 10:37 a.m.

    You are right about Boozers ego and the fact he "thought" he would "get a raise either way".

    Now he KNOWS that is not the case. There is nobody who will pay him which is why later today he will NOT opt out and come back to the Jazz eating crow.

    Little does he know that he is going to get traded as a valuable expiring contract before the trade deadline.

  • re: Chadders
    June 30, 2009 10:33 a.m.

    I would personally love for the Jazz to make that trade. Kaman would give us a lot of what we need at the 5 and I'm convinced we go nowhere fast with Boozer. Unfortunately, LAC is already overloaded at the 4 and 5 and this is why they are trying to trade one of Kaman, Camby, and Randolph to make room for Griffin. Trading Kaman for Boozer would put them right back in the situation they're trying to avoid.

  • Salaries
    June 30, 2009 10:27 a.m.

    It should be like football. Cut or release them so you only owe them guaranteed money (25-30% of contract). Therefore, Miller Jr would get praise to cut Boozer, sign Millsap, let Okur go if he wants.

    Time to be a tough guy GM or owner. Sign people who want to play for hell sake! Not whine about my bum knee that had to injury.

  • STEVE-O
    June 30, 2009 10:16 a.m.

    You people that are saying "Boozer will play well next year in Utah because it's the last year of his contract" are morons. Last year everybody said the same thing and Boozer sat out half the season again! Boozer has a false sense of security, a mirage confidence, and a big EGO! This guy thinks he played well enough to deserve a raise THIS offseason. He's not going to play harder if he already thinks he's entitled to more money. He's "a cornerstone" in his own head. This dude needs therapy because he's crazy.

  • STEVE-O
    June 30, 2009 10:11 a.m.

    My worst fear is coming true! Boozer can't reverse course NOW after all the bull he's put the team through all year. Boozer is going to be the reason we lose Okur or Millsap!
    Hopefully the Jazz just sign everybody and then trade Boozer in the middle of the season to get under the cap.
    Go and get your "raise regardless" elsewhere Boozer. Oh wait... there is no raise is there. There's not even teams showing interest in your lazy butt!

  • jkr
    June 30, 2009 10:03 a.m.

    we will loose Millsap and get stuck with boozer...boozer will stay because nobody wants him and his 12 + million dollar contract this year will hijack the jazz from keeping milsap

    hey boozer good luck getting a big contract next year considering who the free agents will be in that class of 2010...

    its gonna be a loooooong year with more of the same....47-35 record....7th seed...one and done....

    here's hoping for the lottery...it may be the best thing now....

    sorry to sound negative but i just don't think we can win with this type of team...lakers and denver are to strong as are the spurs and portland is rising quickly..

  • One Last Chance for Booz..
    June 30, 2009 10:02 a.m.

    to mess up the organization...which he will likely do by NOT opting out.

    If he does not opt out we are near luxury tax threshold WITHOUT OKUR OR MILLSAP!!

    Yes, the Boozer plague lives on.

    The possible saving grace is that perhaps the Jazz have some possible trade scenarios to unload some of these expiring contracts ie. Booz, Harpring, Korver for someone good.

    Expiring contracts are VERY VALUABLE to other teams and everyone wants them it seems.

    As long as the Jazz do not finish the season OVER the luxury tax threshold then they do not pay the luxury tax.

    So in other words we could sign all these guys and then unload Boozer before the trade deadline and likely get under the threshold.

    Boozer should be playing his butt off because his BIG MOUTH has him backed into a corner now. If he loafs this season his value drops. If he feigns another injury then who wants an injury plagued player? Value drops. Obviously the only thing the Jazz need to be concerned about on the court is selfish play from him to pad stats.

    Lets hope Jerry benches him for it and it tanks his value!

  • Rich
    June 30, 2009 9:59 a.m.

    I think Korver takes a rap from a lot of fans over his defense, but I watched every game last year except for two or three, and I thought he put out a great deal of effort every time. He was fine on defense. If Boozer played half the defense that Korver does, the Jazz might have got a higher seed. Almond is the only Jazzman who is worse on defense. He doesn't even try. He is one guy I'm glad to see leave, despite his almost perfect shooting form. He is not willing to get in there and really work. Boozer seems to want to play D but is unsure of what to do half the time. And he who hesitates is LOST. I love Milsap and would pay him whatever he wants to stay. Okur is very good defensively against big centers but lacks the speed to stay in front of the smaller, quicker centers. Like almost any other center in the league, he needs help to contain the quick guys. He won't get it from Boozer. I'm hoping like crazy that Booze opts out today. Korver is an asset, especially healthy.

  • akk
    June 30, 2009 9:40 a.m.

    I like Korver and hope we can keep him after this year(not at that price). If Boozer opts in. Trade him for Chandler... Resign Okur for 10-11 per...if you can't sign Milsap for 6-7 per let him go. It will give Kirlinko more time at the 4. Brewer can play more 3 and Korver will get more minutes at the 2.... Also have Harpering and Korvers expiring contracts to upgrade the 2. C- Chandler,Okur,Kuf,Fez PF- Okur,Kilinko,Kuf SF-Brewer,Kilinko,Harpering SG Brewer,Korver,Price PG-Williams Maynor,Price...I know I left off Miles.he can play 2,3 but hopefully not alot

  • Korver..Nice Guy...
    June 30, 2009 9:39 a.m.

    ...but not a player that is living up to what he was brought here to do.

    Check the stats for yourself. We have a 6' 11" Center who can shoot the 3 better than Korver.

    He can't create off the dribble, he struggles to defend, he has not made any game winning big 3's, he generally only hits his 3's when the Jazz are ahead in the game and misses like crazy when they are behind. Sounds goofy but it is true. Hits when there is no pressure and misses when there is pressure.

    I like him and I think he is an outstanding person but I would have been thrilled to death if he would have opted out.

    Korver not opting out essentially means we are overpaying because he could find nobody to pay him even the same amount for a longer term deal.

    So you fans can love him all you want but he is a one trick pony that has essentially DISAPPEARED DURING THE PLAYOFFS WHEN IT REALLY MATTERS!!!

  • Chadders
    June 30, 2009 9:34 a.m.

    I just thought of how we can make our team better and give Boozer his comeuppance, trade Boozer to the Clippers for Kaman and their 1st pick next year. The K-man would get at least 15-10-2
    points-rebounds-blocks on the Jazz and our opponets would score at least 8 less points which would give us probably 5-10 more wins. Any thoughts on that?

  • Just Me
    June 30, 2009 9:29 a.m.

    We are going to lose Millsap. sad to say it but its true. Money talks and other teams will over pay him.

  • For the Love...
    June 30, 2009 9:26 a.m.

    The comments on this board remind me why it is a good thing that I have other full time employment. The "arm-chair" general managing makes me want to hurl.

  • Boozers Reality Check-Done
    June 30, 2009 9:19 a.m.

    Carlos has finally found out he's not the man he thought he was! Nobodys going to give him a raise this year next year or ever. He was a 2nd round pick that played well and hard because of a no guaranteed contract, then along comes the Cleveland fiasco and the Jazz dumbells to bail this egotisical snob. He's cancer to whoever has him on their roster and if he lands back here I would put it to him like he has never had it before. Either put out the effort at both ends or do what the pacers and knicks have done with Marbury and Tinsley, tell him to get out of the way by not dressing and preferably out of town! Your an unwanted commodity here and every where else Booze!

  • trandkj
    June 30, 2009 9:07 a.m.

    Kyle Korver is a very important part of our team. Even playing with an injured wrist defenses never sagged off him (dont you wish someone (Boozer) wouldve followed this exampleeven occasionally). Despite some comments, hes not even really expensive. Jason Kapano the one hes most compared too makes $5.8 M; Szczerbiak makes $13.7M!

    I dont think well pay more than $9M for Millsap (hope Im right)--continued improvement will lead to a deserved pay increase later. Why does Boozer believe he deserves a pay raise?

    Unlike many, I believe the future can still be bright with one noticeable exceptionBoozer. Hes not committed to playing defense or playing with intensity night-in and night-out. And as a team leader, I believe his lack of focus/desire and me-first attitude hurts the team. All of that aside, what does everyone think of the trade . . . Boozer for Rip Hamilton or Tayshaun Prince which gives us:

    Starters:
    Deron
    Rip / Ronnie
    Ronnie / Tayshaun
    PF Millsap
    C Okur / Koufus (Id love to see Memo coming off the bench)

    Bench:
    Maynor / Price--situational
    Korver
    CJ / Harpring--situational
    AK / Suton (?)
    Koufus / Feshenko


  • Reality...
    June 30, 2009 9:03 a.m.

    is setting in for Boozer. He's not worth his $12.6 million contract. No one wants to pay more for him. He'll have to actually play hard this next year for the Jazz to prove his worth.

  • Boozer
    June 30, 2009 8:43 a.m.

    good bye... please let me say so long... Pleeeeaasseee... He's a big headed player who thinks he is worth more to this team than he is. He needs reality check!

  • Triangle vs Sloan
    June 30, 2009 8:35 a.m.

    The triangle pits Kobe, Gasol and Odom or Kobe, Gasol and Ariza against 3 Jazz defenders (usually Boozer, Okur and Brewer/Korver). The PG is mainly a shooter.

    Sloan's offense (with current players) pits Boozer (fades against tall line ups), Okur (outside game), and slashing by Brewer and AK against the LA defense.

    The Jazz with current players are not likely to beat LA in a 7 game series. Weaknesses in Boozer's, Okur,s, Brewer's and AK's offense and in Boozer's and Okur's defense insure long run defeat against LA. Brewer and AK can't hit outside shots. Boozer and Okur are weak inside against tall defenders.

    LA can be beaten by slashing but it requires a fast attack (Aaron Brooks) coupled with good rebounding.

    Sloan needs to rethink his offense (also defense) and also the characteristics of the players at PF, C and SG in order to beat LA.

    The Jazz are in a position to build a team that can beat LA if they get the right players.

    SA presents other problems but the same offensive and defensive weaknesses apply.

    Take time, get the right players, fix the weaknesses.

  • PurplePeopleEater
    June 30, 2009 8:24 a.m.

    Korver naysayers, didn't you know that he played most of the year with a shooting wrist that needed an operation? Which he finally got at season's end?

    Hey, this kid didn't want to come to Utah, but after being here realized how nice a place it is, and wants to stay. I'll take players like him any day.

    I'll bet most of you naysayers on Korver don't remember how he killed us every time we played Philly when he was there.

    He'll get back to his old self soon enough.

    No way this team can go through another injury-plagued year like the last one. That was simply an anomaly.

  • nottyou
    June 30, 2009 8:18 a.m.

    It's players like Korver that makes me a happy Jazz fan. He is a stud.

  • Zac
    June 30, 2009 8:16 a.m.

    There is no way Milsap is worth 13 Mil/yr. If I were the Jazz I wouldn't match that even if Boozer opts out. He's not going to bring us a championship any sooner than Boozer would. If Boozer opts in, hopefully his expiring contract would could be traded for someone that can help DWill win a championship. Milsap isn't worth more than 7/yr. Harpring, Korver, even a youn CJ all are good trade bait. This team can't compete against the best in the west the way it is right now. We need a new coach and a few trades. That's what would get me excited about this year.

  • wah wah wah
    June 30, 2009 8:08 a.m.


    Boozer is a man, tells it like it is and Jazz fans cry about him asking for a raise. NBA is all about money otherwside go watch b-ball at your community hall.

    Korver is a good kid but cannot help the Jazz with defense, has no killer instinct and has not made any clutch shots.

    KOC says Korver is showing a loyalty to the Jazz ...blah blah blah. Why did he wait this long to opt in then? We could have used the information a month ago...I guess he was exporing his loyalty options with other teams...the same thing Boozer is doing. Boozer is a battle guard compared to Korver and is worth 2-3 times what we pay Korver.

    Remember the reason we are here is to win. Boozer is a winner, Deron is a winner, more winners please.

    Bad year to be a Millsap. Sorry Paul but we have the Andrei shadow to show us what happens when we overpay someone. You made a million last year ..more than me. If you like us then you will stay, if you want 10 million we will play against you, good guy but not worth 10 million.

  • If the Jazz replace Memo
    June 30, 2009 7:57 a.m.

    with a post up C they will need to get a PF with 3 point range. Suton has the range but will not be ready to play a lot for a couple of years (if ever).

    Is anyone aware of a PF with range? It might be cheaper to get Gortat and sign Okur and move him to PF. Trade Boozer at the half for salary credit if necessary. Koufos/Suton/Fez would have to back up C/PF as Millsap would be gone.

    That gives the Jazz a big front line that can shoot. Rebounding may improve. Gortat is a better rebounding than Millsap and Boozer.

  • Anonymous
    June 30, 2009 7:37 a.m.

    If Booz opts in, Milsap is gone. We won't be able to match 5/65m from them in that scenario. We'd be toast.
    Opt out Boozer! Please!

  • if Booz opts IN ...
    June 30, 2009 7:36 a.m.

    TRADE HIS SELFISH BUTT ASAP! We need players who can make 3s and we need a defensive center - Booz is neither!

  • who will shoot the 3 ...
    June 30, 2009 7:33 a.m.

    if we let Memo go and package Korver and Harp for a trade, who will be an outside threat? I LOVE the idea of getting a defensive center but you can't play inside-out with a post-up PF if the defense can sag in the paint!

  • Gortat is available
    June 30, 2009 7:27 a.m.

    but Utah will have to outbid HOU who needs a C. However, HOU may go after McDyess. OLR is not willing to go over 5 Mill to keep Gortat as they are deep in the Lux tax if they keep Turkoglu.

    I think the Jazz org blew it by not cutting a long term deal with Millsap early last year. They though they had a championship team at the start of last year. It might have been smart to lock him up then for cheap.

  • trandkj
    June 30, 2009 7:14 a.m.

    I don't understand the angst. Boozer opting in is great for us because he becomes very valuable trade bait--we lose nothing! I wouldn't be surprised at all to see a deal soon for Rip Hamilton or Tayshaun Prince, or something similar. Millsap's upside and loyalty coupled with his far superior defense make him more valuable than Boozer--so thank you and goodbye. Rip or Tayshaun's defense, intensity and shooting will help the team immensely. I see Ronnie B. either moving to SF or staying at SG depending on who we get. The line-ups/personalities (below) could quickly jell, and although some would consider the change minimal, I believe the change would deliver a markedly stronger team--somewhat similar to the change Denver saw with Billups coming in for AI. Thoughts?

    Starters:
    Deron
    Rip or Ronnie
    Ronnie or Tayshaun
    Millsap
    Okur or Koufus (I'd love to see Memo coming off the benchalthough playing more minutes)

    Primary Bench:
    Maynor or Price--situation dependent
    Korver
    CJ / Harpring--situation dependent
    AK
    Koufus or Memo then Feshenko


  • Millsap may be GONE
    June 30, 2009 6:59 a.m.

    Rumor is that OKC will offer 65 Mill for 5 years. DET is going after Villanueva and Gordon as Boozer costs to much.

    Dumars looked dumb all year when AI was playing/sitting but now he has the pick of the 2009 FAs and little competition. The Jazz could have 2010 cap space depending on how they handle this season but there will be a lot of competition.

    Teams like SA and LA get the right key players and then rotate role players. That is one major reason they are winners.

    The Jazz get role players with deficiencies, pay them to much and don't get better ones when needed.

    Sloan is one of the driving forces behind continuity/mediocrity. It is his personality. Don't try to tell me the triangle offense is any easier/faster to learn than the Sloan system.

    The Jazz have to get the right key players. They then have to get role players who do not have holes in parts of their game and actively manage their cap.

    The Jazz will probably promote an assistant coach when Sloan retires. However, they may need to change systems?

    KOC seems capable when not shackled.

  • Matt
    June 30, 2009 6:57 a.m.

    Does the Deseret News do any reporting itself, or does it just read ESPN.com and spit it back at us?

  • Observation-ist
    June 30, 2009 6:54 a.m.

    There's a thief among us. Boozer's being paid closer to his value than AK ($17,000,000). I still like the idea of trading Boozer to Detroit for Rip Hamilton. I'm glad to have Kyle back. I hope his wrist has healed.

  • Oh please
    June 30, 2009 6:42 a.m.

    If Boozer stays he will get an "injury" and sit in the sun somewhere getting a tan and "getting better." Let him go. Nobody else wants him. Let him sit on his butt somewhere without his 12 million next year. He has never wanted to be here. His attitude has always been suspect.

  • anonymous
    June 30, 2009 6:22 a.m.

    Looks like it is going to come down to who the Jazz want more, Okur or Millsap. I don't see any way that they can resign these two with Korver and Boozer not opting out. This team is not an $80+ million roster. NO WAY. I predict that Memo will sign elsewhere, Jazz retain Sap, and the starting center next season will be Collins. Sloan loves Collins and there is no way that he won't be resigned.

  • Kevin OC
    June 30, 2009 6:03 a.m.

    Korver is a highly tradeable asset. Productive player with an expiring deal. Look for the Jazz to package Kyle and Harpring to get back some help at center- someone like Tyson Chandler. If booz opts in with the jazz, okur will have to be gone. Chandler trade and we're looking at a solid team with more defense.

  • liberal larry
    June 30, 2009 5:49 a.m.

    I love watching Korver get interviewed after a game, his head looks like it's on a swivel. Either he has a minor case of Tourette syndrome, or he is checking out all the women in the stands.

  • jazzrule
    June 30, 2009 5:38 a.m.

    Pastor88 - AK can not rework his contract and emd load it according to the collective bargaining agreement. I see this again and again. AK can not take less even if he wanted to.

  • Anonymous
    June 30, 2009 2:16 a.m.

    we re-sign Millsap and Memo, trade Boozer if he decides to stay, Boozer is not committed so why stick with him for another year? he would be gone afterall because that's what he wants, we can trust a guy like that, just like AK who wants to be traded before, a team with those kind of players won't win a championship, the problem with AK is that even if we want to trade him it is impossible, we are stuck with AK until his contract ends, poor JAzz

  • Anonymous
    June 30, 2009 2:03 a.m.

    Boozer's attitude is not very pleasing right now, he said before that he will definitely opt out, but now we can't hear from him even from his agent, maybe after hearing that only Pistons is interested in him and also the Pistons said that they are not willing to pay Boozer big bucks that he desired, Boozer made a mistake saying to media that he will opt out, now he is eating his words, poor Boozer

  • tyballa
    June 30, 2009 1:04 a.m.

    good news about korver.. we need his outside shooting to spread the floor. boozer is going to opt in. the jazz should definately explore sign and trade ideas for him. we need defense and toughness

  • pdhitman
    June 29, 2009 11:52 p.m.

    i hope everyone will not opt out so that next summer we have good salary cap by then.

  • Good news...
    June 29, 2009 9:51 p.m.

    Good news, glad to Korver will be back, and I don't think the Jazz will be looking to trade him unless a unique opportunity arises. Miller (Greg) was pretty clear about wanting Korver back.... and with his wrist cleaned out (and hopefully healing well), and possibly better coaching decisions from Sloan... should be a good year for Kyle!
    On a side note... this has nothing to do with Almond not being back. I think Almond's fate was sealed a while back, when the Jazz opted NOT to pick up the option on his contract, right?

  • Korver & Milsap
    June 29, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    great guys,great role models,not so great for the Jazz! Korver shots didn't fall last year, defense needs help (at least he tries),Milsap under size for a starter (LA did a serious beat down).Need some length and defense. Kaman and Artest neither one should be to expensive.

  • Please note that
    June 29, 2009 9:24 p.m.

    SA, POR and DEN are small market teams. NO is a small market team. There salary last year was 67 Mill.

    The Jazz are in cap trouble not because they are small market but because they are not managed well.

    AT 80 Mill or higher next year they should be afford the talent to beat LA. They wwill be lucky to make the playoffs. They probably will just because POR is in financial meltdown and HOU is so injury prone.

    That is not much for 80 Mill especially when a 1/3 of the NBA are giving some of their best players away.

    Small wonder the Jazz fans are frustrated.

    Make some meaningful effective changes. If you give Okur and Boozer raises the Jazz will be closer to 90 Mill than 80.

    You can get a team with a Kobe, James, Howard or KG for that!

  • page
    June 29, 2009 9:20 p.m.

    this is not good news the jazz could of used that money for someone better

  • Jazz Insanity
    June 29, 2009 9:17 p.m.

    If Boozer and Okur now OPT IN (NO RAISES)and if Millsap signs for 7 Mill and a 3rd PG is added for 1 Mill, they are at 80 Mill with a 12 man roster.

    That is a very weak play off team for 80 Mill. 8 Mill into the Lux tax with a minimum roster.

    This is how much teams paid last year to field contenders.

    BOS 80, LAL 78, POR 78, DEN 74, ORL 74, SA 70, HOU 70. CLE was an exception at 93.

    This points out how bad the Sloan system is. He demands Vets and the Jazz over pay them and then can't buy the talent they need to contend.

    Sloan does not develop young players fast enough to hold down the costs. There are reasons why the Jazz have no rings. It is not the small market excuse.

    It is lousy player selection/development and very bad cap management.

    It is easy to blame KOC but it is obvious his hands have been tied.

    Millsap should have been signed to a longer contract last year when Boozer got hurt. Koufos should have been developed, not sitting.

    Change is necessary.

  • Go Korver
    June 29, 2009 9:00 p.m.

    Couldn't be happier. Korver is not only a great shooter he is the poster boy for the NBA. He is the clean cut All American guy that our youth can look up to. He makes the NBA more credible. Korver makes the Jazz fun to watch! Couldn't be more psyched for the new season! Go Korver!

  • Happy Days
    June 29, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    Oh happy day! Korver is staying in Utah! Great news! Now let's work on extending his contract! He has enormous appeal and sells tickets like crazy! Besides being a great asset to the Jazz his community service is unequaled....well except for Deron Williams!

  • I have an answer
    June 29, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    Team options exist - see Morris Almond. Its what the player can bargain for.

  • I Have A Question
    June 29, 2009 8:35 p.m.

    Why is this just a one way street with these players? Why can't the team have an opt-out clause in these contracts? It should go both ways. I'm tired of players HOLDING up teams, owners and fans, lets see some tit for tat in these contracts! Thats only fair.

  • Korver Fan
    June 29, 2009 8:07 p.m.

    So excited to see Korver decide to stay with the Jazz! Hopefully he will get some starting minutes and the green light to shoot those 3's. We need his offense!

    The ladies in Utah are a happy bunch too!

  • Of course
    June 29, 2009 8:04 p.m.

    Korver is staying...he likes the girls here too much. They love him!

  • Anonymous
    June 29, 2009 7:59 p.m.

    Korver is WAY WAY overrated by jazz fans. I'll be glad when he's gone.

  • Thanks Korv er
    June 29, 2009 6:44 p.m.

    Hooray!!! Korver is staying in Utah! Now I can buy my Jazz tickets and be happy! Enough talk about trading him! We need his shooting ability and the stability he brings to the Jazz! The best news we've had since the season ended! Thanks Korver...

  • Anonymous
    June 29, 2009 6:42 p.m.

    I think this is good news for the Jazz..Korver is a great shooter, the only problem with him I think is his defense, but if he can score for at least 15 points a game and spread the floor for Millsap and others to do their thing, then it will just be fine..and also Korver is not afraid to shoot, he is a valuable player despite his defense, he definitely can help a team like the Jazz

  • pastor88
    June 29, 2009 6:25 p.m.

    Predictable for Korver. His agent shopped and found no takers for that price, otherwise KK would have opted out.
    Boozer will be in same predicament. No NBA team in their right mind is going to give Booz a 12 mil contract, much to most Jazz fans chagrine.
    Okur same thing,same bat time,same bat channel.
    Disposing of bad players should be first agenda come Wednesday morning.
    Get rid of Miles,Harpring,Collins,Knight and Boozer(The Name Fits).
    Resign Milsap and Price as well as 2009 draft picks.
    Get AK to rework his contract and emd load it.
    Go ater Ariza or Odom then look at others.Gordon wont be available.

  • Korver should start
    June 29, 2009 6:13 p.m.

    Now jerry needs to quit being such an idiot and start him over Miles. Sloan is the only coach in the league that would play Miles over Korver.

  • No Steve-O
    June 29, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    We want him to play defense and to play for what he's worth, not what he thinks he's worth.

  • oh good
    June 29, 2009 6:01 p.m.

    that korver jersey i bought my wife is good for a little while longer... i guess he could still be traded. I certainly hope not, those jerseys are expensive.

  • Re: Steve-O
    June 29, 2009 5:57 p.m.

    Boozer has the highest career shooting % on the team....and you want his shots distributed to someone else?????

  • Good Call
    June 29, 2009 5:42 p.m.

    This could be one of the best things to happen this summer. Korver can be a huge threat from long range when his is given enough time. The other side to it is, you know have 2 players in Korver and Harpring with expiring contracts, thats more than 11 mill. That could possibly be trade bait, if they were to get a pretty good 2 guard out of it (who, i have no idea).

  • Jazz Fan - San Diego
    June 29, 2009 5:40 p.m.

    Korver made the right decision. His foot speed is too slow to make his own shot when closely guarded which also makes it difficult for him to put up much defense against a quick and athletic SG.

  • 30seconds....GO!
    June 29, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    I like Korver, but i fear this means Almond is gone. I hate that the jazz pick up a scoring threat like Almond and they don't give him a chance....I just don't get it.

    Anyway, as for Korver, I never seen him opting out. He's a good guy and he's making over 5 million a year, I don't see anyone paying him any more.

    I see Boozer not opting out, but Okur will...unless the jazz show some good will and offer him a nice contract...he does deserve it. He's one of the best centers in the league.

    Boozer will not opt out, he'll play this season and bolt...hopefully the jazz extend his contract and either keep him or trade him for some value...I don't want him to skip out of here for nothing.

    I don't think the jazz will make any noise this offseason...but they will recover all of their free-agents.

  • todd from santa ana
    June 29, 2009 5:22 p.m.

    We all like Korver. I would rather keep him, jettison Collins, Okur in particular would be first in my pecking order. Figures to be the same Jazz team though so should be a fun, mediocre season just fine to Sloan and the "holics" and greg and kevin..late...

  • reaper_brutus
    June 29, 2009 5:20 p.m.

    all right korver is back now all we need to do is get rid of AK and everything will be all right, and throw CJ in there to

  • St George Jazz Fan
    June 29, 2009 5:18 p.m.

    This is good news for the Jazz.

  • YES!
    June 29, 2009 5:18 p.m.

    Hallelujah! We definately needed him to stay!

  • anonomous
    June 29, 2009 5:18 p.m.

    I find it funny how Boozer pounds his chest and says he is a two time olympian. True, but he only played 30 seconds a game, if that, earning that gold. And he wants a raise for sitting on the bench pretending to be hurt?? You and I did that we would be fired in this economy. Poor guy..

  • nice : D, 1 down and only
    June 29, 2009 5:17 p.m.

    half the roster left to find out about now. unless millsap signs with another team, loozer will be playing elsewhere next yr (yay). memo is 'leaning' toward opting out eh? 'leaning' towards opting out=memo is going nowhere else but staying put with utah jazz. worse case scenario would be jazz lose BOTH loozer and millsap to a higher bidder. if that happens then at least they still have kofous that can take either one of their spots. this loozer & millsap thing is starting to become interesting and intriguing. and to think that everyone bagged on ostertag for all those yrs of inconsistency, at least 'tag' was hardly ever injured and earned his paycheck (both regular season AND the playoffs). loozer only shows up when playoffs come around?! give him a raise then, just with some other team.

  • YAY!!!
    June 29, 2009 5:17 p.m.

    I'm thrilled and I'm excited to see how much better his shooting is this year now that his wrist is healed!

  • STEVE-O
    June 29, 2009 5:17 p.m.

    One down... two to go!
    I think Korver will have a great year. His wrist has been repaired and Boozer will be gone so there will be a better distribution of shots!

  • Good to have him
    June 29, 2009 5:05 p.m.

    back. Hopefully the team can gel with another year together (remember Sloan said that alone was "good for another four or five games"), Korver & Boozer can pick up their defensive efforts, and there will be better point-guard back-up; all of which will add up to being what the team needs to finish second to the Lakers instead of way back in the pack.

  • This is a no brainer
    June 29, 2009 5:04 p.m.

    for Korver. It is also a win win for the Jazz as he should play well in a contract year and the Jazz can trade his expiring contract if they need to this season.

  • Chadders
    June 29, 2009 5:04 p.m.

    This is not suprising in the least bit. I think we all saw this coming who was going to give him more? No one, plus he likes being here.

  • Anonymous
    June 29, 2009 5:01 p.m.

    He should play well next year as he'll want to increase his value. things are looking good so far...