Jazz Close To Acquiring Al Jefferson
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/12/2010 11:07 PM

    From David Aldridge-
      The Utah Jazz, needing to show both their fans and their remaining star Deron Williams that it can overcome the loss of both Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver, was close Monday night to acquiring forward Al Jefferson from the Minnesota Timberwolves for a package that is believed to only include, at present, draft picks, according to several league sources. The Jazz would absorb Jefferson's $13 million salary for next season into the large trade exception they received last week by agreeing to a sign-and-trade deal for Boozer, who signed a five-year, $80 million deal with the Bulls.

    Talks picked up between the teams on Monday, and while the deal was not officially done Monday night, discussions were "percolating," according to a league source. Jazz CEO Greg Miller Tweeted Monday night, "I just approved a Jazz roster move that I'm very excited about. Planning to share details tomorrow."

    Jefferson's low-post skills would certainly replace Boozer's nicely, and allow Utah to continue using Paul Millsap as a key reserve off the bench instead of having to make him the full-time starter.

    The 25-year-old Jefferson averaged 17.1 points and 9.3 rebounds last season in Minnesota, returning from a season-ending ACL tear in early 2009. But he struggled to find a comfort zone with fellow young forward Kevin Love, and the Wolves made no secret of the fact that they would likely have to move one or the other this offseason.

    Dallas made a major push for Jefferson, but as was reported Saturday, the Wolves had no interest in taking on the contracts of guards DeShawn Stevenson and Matt Carroll, while Dallas was reluctant to use the non-guaranteed contract of center Erick Dampier as a chip to acquire Jefferson.

    A league source said Saturday that the Jazz's ownership has okayed paying luxury tax for a second straight year as long as the expenses don't get out of hand. Utah was a tax payer last year when it matched the $34 million offer sheet for Millsap from the Portland Trail Blazers.

    Utah is also in the midst of deciding whether to match another offer sheet from Portland, which gave guard Wes Matthews a five-year, $34 million contract over the weekend. The Jazz has until next Monday to decide whether to match on Matthews, who became Utah's starting shooting guard after the Jazz traded Ronnie Brewer to Memphis for a future draft pick.


    If this trade does happen, as expected, it becomes more doubtful Utah matches the offer for Matthews in my opinion. This move moves them out of the lotto and back into the bottom of the West though.
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  1. DDL_12
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    Posted 07/12/2010 11:22 PM

    i disagree, i think if this trade happens i think they will be more likly to match the offer, because the jazz said they didnt mind paying the luxury tax, and they need a starting 2. but i hope they dont match, wes matthews is a BEAST im all for having in p-town
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  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 07/13/2010 9:12 AM

    According to one of the assistant coaches in Utah yesterday, the Millers (owners of the Jazz) are basically counting pennies at the moment and are having a hard time with the front end of the Matthews contract. If they take on Jefferson's 13 million dollar contract, they will more than likely not be able to afford to re-sign Matthews. If 9 million is tough to swallow, so would 13 million plus 9 million. The math just doesn't favor the Jazz on this one.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/13/2010 10:50 AM

    Done Deal-

     SpearsNBAYahoo Wolves to trade Jefferson to Jazz for future 1st rd pick, 1st rd pick from Mem in Brewer trade and a trade exception, Y! Sports has learned.
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  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 07/13/2010 11:00 AM

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