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Harris not concerned about trade talk

Jazz point guard Devin Harris, who missed practice Friday morning because of the stomach flu, will play tonight against the surging Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Harris became the subject of trade rumors late Thursday night, after an ESPN report saying the Jazz were shopping him to other teams around the league.

Asked about his name being linked to possible trades, Harris shrugged and said, "Been there. Done that. Don't really control it. Don't really think about it. I've got to go out there and focus on what I have to do tonight. ... You just can't control it so you can't worry about it."

Told his teammates stood up for him during his one-day absence, Harris said, "We are the Utah Jazz. We are a family. Obviously, you know, we're supposed to stick together. That's what teammates do and it's greatly appreciated."

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin downplayed the report that team is shopping Harris, who scored one point and was 0-for-7 from the field in Thursday night's 94-91 loss to Dallas.

Said Corbin: "For young guys, it's a little bit disturbing and some guys take in personal. But it's just part of the business. As long as it doesn't come from us, it's just part of the business.

"There's so much media out there now. So much Twittering and all the social stuff going on, a guy can have a conversation with somebody and it takes a run on its own. You just have to understand that's part of the business."

Corbin also reported that Josh Howard (quad strain) will not play against the Timberwolves, who are 7-8 this season but have won three straight games.

-- Steve Luhm



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