Kristan Jacobsen, Deseret News
Derek Harper (at right, injured) jumps off the bench to give Erick Strickland a few pointers during game against Jazz March 5, 1997. The fans booed Harper after his comments about not wanting to be traded to the Jazz.

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Derek Harper turned down a chance to play for a team with a shot at going to the NBA Finals to stay with the Dallas Mavericks as the trade deadline came and went.

In an interview on SportsCenter, Harper said, There was a Utah deal, but you go live in Utah. Nothing against Utah or their team, but I dont want to live there.

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