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Boozer's agent, Jazz officials have 'very, very positive' huddle

Published March 18, 2010 9:28 pm

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For the first time since the controversy of last summer, Jazz chief executive Greg Miller met in person Wednesday with Rob Pelinka, the agent for Carlos Boozer.

Also present were Jazz president Randy Rigby and general manager Kevin O'Connor, though Miller was believed to have done most of the talking. The meeting in Utah was said to have been "very, very positive" between the sides.

It was unknown if the Jazz committed to trying to re-sign Boozer this summer as a free agent, but the team did praise Boozer for contributing to the Jazz's success on the court as well as to the chemistry in the locker room this season.

Boozer was honored as Western Conference Player of the Month for February and is the leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 19.4 points and 11.2 rebounds, for a Jazz team that has gone 25-7 since Jan. 9 and climbed to fourth in the Western Conference.

Having matched Portland's four-year, $32 million offer sheet to Paul Millsap last summer, it remains to be seen how the Jazz could re-sign Boozer while avoiding paying the luxury tax for a second consecutive season given their existing salary commitments.

O'Connor did not return a message Thursday night and Miller could not be reached for comment.

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