Jazz notes: Boozer will be hanging around
New Orleans » For all the interest in their locker room as to the latest trade-deadline news, the Jazz are expecting today to pass uneventfully, with nothing more than a morning practice and afternoon flight to Oakland, Calif., for Friday's game at Golden State.
Barring a major development, the Jazz today will commit themselves to paying the luxury tax for the first time in franchise history as well as having Carlos Boozer finish the season in Utah, something Boozer has expected for weeks, if not months.
"I'm ready to go, looking forward to it," Boozer said. "We've got a great chance to hopefully get in that second seed and if we keep plugging away, I like our chances going into the playoffs, too."
"I don't anticipate us doing anything," Boozer added. "I know some other teams have made some moves that strengthened their team, but for us, I think we have enough in this locker room to do whatever we can do this year."
Asked about the deadline, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan he'd spoken about things earlier with general manager Kevin O'Connor , "but I don't see anything that would happen." He did note that the Jazz traded for Jeff Hornacek in the final hours before the deadline in 1994.
"I think some of the best trades that are made are the ones you don't make," Sloan said, "and I've always kind of had that feeling.
"I've never really liked to trade people, unless you feel like it's something you really need and have a chance to make our team better and that's how we try to approach it every day."
The Jazz, who have won 15 of 17 games, remain approximately $5.1 million above the NBA's luxury-tax threshold and could look to make a minor move to help ease that burden.
For the second consecutive game, Sloan juggled his wing players, with Kyle Korver the first off the bench, but Korver and C.J. Miles both playing fourth-quarter minutes in the victory over New Orleans.
Korver went 0-for-3 in the first half but hit a jumper and three-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter as the Jazz built a seven-point lead. He finished with seven points on 2-for-7 shooting while Miles had six points and made 2 of 4 shots.
Wesley Matthews has been the odd man out, however, playing just 17 minutes in the first two games back from the All-Star break.
"I can't give you anything definite," Sloan said. "It's kind of a gut reaction, I guess. I don't know if it's right or wrong. I feel an obligation for whatever reason to try to play as many of those guys as I can."
"We have so many of them," Deron Williams added, "if one of them, it's not their night, you put the other one in and let it be their night.
"It's a tough situation for coach, tough situation for our wings, because we have so many good ones."