MAITLAND, Fla. — Now that Carlos Boozer is off to Chicago, the Jazz can start paying some attention to Wesley Matthews.
And they plan to do just that.
"We'll have conversations with him," Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor said Wednesday night. "I think the logjam is kind of broken a little bit."
O'Connor and Matthews' agent, Lance Young, both are in town for the ongoing Orlando Pro Summer League here.
Young suggested Wednesday that there was nothing new to report. But the two are likely to talk today.
Matthews, a restricted free agent and the Jazz's starting shooting guard to end last season, is drawing attention from other teams, as well.
But O'Connor reiterated Monday just how much the Jazz like Matthews, mentioning the undrafted rookie's "toughness and his ability to compete."
"That's gonna be up to him, as far as where anywhere he goes," O'Connor said when asked if he projects Matthews to continue as an NBA starter.
"He's gonna have to improve, as every young player has to improve," the Jazz GM added. "But ... is he a long-term starter if he gets better? He certainly has that opportunity."
BREWER BACK? Matthews took over as starter when Utah traded Ronnie Brewer, once a Jazz lottery pick, to Memphis in February.
The Grizzlies didn't extend Brewer a qualifying offer, though, so now he's an unrestricted free agent — and one in whom O'Connor suggested the Jazz again will show interest.
"We're gonna talk," he said.
Why haven't they already?
"I think his agent, Henry Thomas, was a little occupied," O'Connor said, "with a couple of guys in Miami."
Thomas also represents Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, two of the highest-profile free agents in this summer's NBA free-agency shopping market.
KORVER'S CORNER: If the Heat have any cap space left after reigning NBA MVP LeBron James makes his free-agency decision tonight, could Miami be a contender for Jazz shooting guard Kyle Korver?
According to the Miami Herald, "Among small forwards, the Heat loves Mike Miller — with Josh Howard, Richard Jefferson and Korver also in the mix — and spoke to agents for Rasual Butler and Matt Barnes, who are cheaper."
ESPN.com, meanwhile, reported that the Boston Celtics "have already contacted Butler and Antoine Wright and may have interest in Korver, if they don't re-sign (Ray) Allen."
Korver, Matthews' backup last season, is an unrestricted free agent.
And on Wednesday night, Yahoo.com reported that in the aftermath of Boozer spurning their $75 million offer, the Nets "have targeted three players in discussions." The trio reportedly includes Korver, Tyrus Thomas and Travis Outlaw.
ALUMNI UPDATE: According to ESPN.com, former Jazz shooting guard Raja Bell told a Dallas radio show, "Galloway & Company," that "Dallas is definitely in the top three for me," while also mentioning Miami and Orlando.
Boston, San Antonio and Portland also have made contact, the website reported.
Wherever he goes, the sharpshooter will bring a defensive mindset as his calling card.
"The good thing about what I do, I think, is that there are not a whole lot of guys who do it," Bell said, according to the ESPN.com. "I can always hang my hat on if there are 100 shooters on the team, I can be the one shooter who will go out there and just try to die to keep my man from getting a bucket."
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