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Utah Jazz notes: Booz shakes off trade talk

Published January 13, 2010 4:44 pm

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Only 35 days remain until the Feb. 18 trade deadline.

Unless the Jazz do something sooner, that means only 35 more days of Carlos Boozer trade talk.

Because of his expiring $12.8 million contract and a public declaration last summer that he expected to be traded, Boozer's name will continue to be prominently mentioned in trade-related stories over the next five weeks.

In the last two days, Boozer has been connected to trades scenarios involving Detroit and Dallas.

"It doesn't matter to me," he said before practice Wednesday. "If you play in the NBA, there are going to be very few times throughout the course of a season where you aren't going to be [mentioned] in a trade rumor, especially with the deadline coming up.

"Me personally, I don't worry about that. I've been in a whole bunch of trade rumors my whole career, especially when I left Cleveland. So for me, I just play. I don't worry about. I don't think about it. I'm just enoying the game right now."

All along, coach Jerry Sloan has talked of keeping Boozer and seeing how the Jazz's season plays out instead of trading him -- most likely for less than market value because of the circumstances.

Ten more days?

The Jazz must decide by the end of the week if they want to sign point guard Sundiata Gaines to another 10-day contract.

It's likely, considering how well Gaines has played since being called up from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League.

In four games, Gaines averages three points and 1.5 assists. He's also played well defensively. Gaines has gotten a better-than-expected chance to play (9.3 minutes) because of injuries to Deron Williams and Ronnie Price .

Full strength

The Jazz expect to have all 13 players available for Thursday night's game against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

C.J. Miles missed the victory over Miami with a viral infection. He did not attend practice but is expected to play against the Cavs.

Sloan hinted he could tighten his wing rotation a little, given the recent play of Kyle Korver and Andrei Kirilenko 's bid for more minutes. Miles could be the odd-man-out.

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Gaines has gotten a better-than-expected chance to play (9.3 minutes) because of injuries to Deron Williams and Ronnie Price .

"He's done a good job," Sloan said. "He's got to play some because D-Will and Ronnie were out. Usually, those situations to come up. ...

"But he came in and bounced right into it. He's been very professional about what he's trying to do. So we'll see what happens."

According to Sloan, Gaines "... does what he's asked to do. He picks up stuff really quick. He's been well-coached."

Gaines had seven points and one assist in 11 minutes in Monday's 118-89 win over Miami.

"Things have been going pretty good," he said. "My teammates have embraced me real well and the games I've come pretty far. I'm learning the plays. I just have to take things a day at a time and let everything else run its course."