Jazz notes: Jeffers signed for season
Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor planned to talk to coach Jerry Sloan following Monday's game about the possibility of signing Othyus Jeffers for the remainder of the season.
It must have been a short conversation as only minutes after the game the Jazz announced that Jeffers would be staying put. Jeffers has appeared in seven games and averaged 2.7 points.
"From the beginning, I never felt that I was here for a 10-day [contract]," said Jeffers, who was called up from the D-League on March 4. "From Day 1, they adopted me as if I was here for the whole season. This is a great organization. I'm glad, I'm happy."
"We told him that he hasn't got a chance to play, but he's shown us he'll work and he's shown us that he's not afraid to get in the game and put his nose in there," O'Connor added. "Coach and I and the rest of the staff decided that he's a good addition."
By keeping Jeffers, the Jazz will meet the NBA's 13-player roster minimum for the rest of the season. The Jazz had expressed interest in adding a veteran before Jeffers' arrival, but O'Connor is realistic about the possibilities.
"I would say it would be difficult to have somebody come in and play better than what we've got," O'Connor said.
Andrei Kirilenko went through Monday's pregame shootaround, but pronounced his strained left calf "not quite there yet" to return against the Celtics. As a result, Kirilenko sat out for the fifth time in six games, leaving C.J. Miles in the starting lineup.
"Right now, it's really a game-to-game decision," Kirilenko said, "really like how it's going to feel when I warm up, how it's going to feel at shootaround."
Kirilenko could play Wednesday when the Jazz open a three-game trip at Toronto. He said Monday that he's still experiencing tightness when he runs.
Sloan had little to say Monday about the NBA's decision not to suspend or fine him for his actions and ejection at the end of Friday's loss to Phoenix. "I don't want to comment on that and just go on forward and go about our business," said Sloan, who raised a forearm to the chest of referee Michael Smith before he was ejected. "That's behind us." ... The Jazz recalled Kosta Koufos following a four-game stay with the D-League's Utah Flash.
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