With a little more than 24 hours remaining before a 1 p.m. MT Thursday trade deadline, Jazz General Manager Kevin O'Connor declined to comment Wednesday morning about any possible deals involving his team.
O'Connor said he's focused on Utah's game at Phoenix on Wednesday night. He acknowledged, though, things are coming down to the wire with the trade deadline fast approaching.
A reported deal that would see the Jazz ship small forward C.J. Miles to Minnesota had little to no chance of happening as of Wednesday morning, a source close to Miles told The Salt Lake Tribune.
While the veteran small forward is available and several teams are interested in adding him, the source questioned whether the Jazz have even talked to the Timberwolves about a reported trade that would involve Josh Howard, Jamaal Tinsley and Miles, among others.
A possible Jazz deal with New Jersey involving Miles could have some weight, though. O'Connor has old ties with Nets GM Billy King, and the teams have traded twice in the last 18 months, with Utah shipping Deron Williams and Mehmet Okur to New Jersey.
The New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy reported Wednesday the Jazz are attempting to unload Raja Bell and Miles, with the Nets possibly offering a future first-round draft pick and center Johan Petro in exchange for Miles.
Bondy reported Utah's willing to send Bell to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for a $3.8 million trade exception.
The Tribune first reported Tuesday that Bell is available, and he was later linked to Los Angeles by HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy.
A source told The Tribune on Wednesday that New Jersey shooting guard Anthony Morrow (12.9 points, 38.3 percent shooting behind 3-point line) could be added in a deal for Miles, but stressed that any talks were in the exploratory stage, at best.
Miles is open to remaining with the Jazz, and the organization believes he's continuing to evolve as a strong bench player with an improved all-around game. However, the chances of Utah re-signing him after his contract expires this season are slim. Young wings Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks are expected to command future minutes, while Miles' on-court time and role have wildly fluctuated the last two seasons.
If dealt to the Nets, Miles would rejoin Williams — a longtime, close friend — while Utah would help the Nets free up salary-cap space to possibly add Orlando superstar center Dwight Howard.
Brian T. Smith
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