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Jazz's Corbin says Favors could start; Bell, Miles go off on 'unprofessional' Corbin

Published July 1, 2012 12:01 pm

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Twitter notes following the Jazz's end-of-season locker-cleanout Tuesday at EnergySolutions Arena.Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin

Corbin said Derrick Favors proved himself, especially during the playoffs. Favors could start for the Jazz next year, but much remains to be determined.

Corbin expects to keep his staff intact next season and doesn't plan to add anyone. If his assistants have other opportunities, though, he'll allow them to speak with other teams.

Corbin said Utah might make key moves during the offseason. But if the Jazz basically have the same team next season, he's ready to go to work and improve.

Corbin's excited about Utah's future and the young pieces the Jazz have in place. But he continually said it's an important summer for the team's and the organization's development.

Asked if the Jazz exceeded expectations, Corbin said Utah met them. The playoffs were a reminder of how far the Jazz have to go.

Corbin said Favors has the potential to become a player the Jazz can build around. Corbin added it's a big summer for Enes Kanter and Favors.

Corbin's open to having Jerry Sloan help the team out during the future in any way he wants.

Corbin said it was his decision not to play Raja Bell during playoffs and the move was "on him."

Corbin said Gordon Hayward might participate in Summer League. If not all, at least some.

DeMarre Carroll

All indications are he will return to the Jazz next season, and Carroll said Utah informed him they'll pick up his option.

Derrick Favors

Favors said he finally feels like he's in the NBA. He wants to be a starter next year, take his career to the next level and do everything possible to succeed.

After his exit meeting, Favors spoke with Jazz General Manager Kevin O'Connor and Corbin about starting for the Jazz next season.Raja Bell

Bell does not expect to return to Jazz next year.

Bell hopes the Jazz do the right thing and move him before the 2012-13 season. He was open to it before the trade deadline but never asked for trade.

Bell said Corbin was "unprofessional" at the end of the season. According to Bell, Corbin made things personal by playing everyone in the playoffs except for him and it was obvious.

Bell said if he's still on Jazz at the start of next season "we'll cross that bridge" then.

Bell said NBA referees and San Antonio coaches/players asked why he wasn't playing during the playoffs. They never understood what the Jazz were doing.

Bell wanted to move on after his March confrontation with Corbin and thought the Jazz were going to, since they publicly said they would. Bell said Utah was two-faced and Corbin obviously punished him for the remainder of the year.

Bell said there were times this season he didn't know he was active until he was informed pregame by the media.

C.J. Miles

Miles said the team was put off by Al Jefferson's pre-Game 4 comments about no one beating the Spurs in the playoffs and San Antonio being better than Utah.

Miles loves the Jazz, the team's fans and thinks Corbin will evolve. But he never knew what was expected of him this year.

Miles said communication was much better with former coach Jerry Sloan, and Corbin has struggled relaying his message to team.

Miles: "I don't even remember us naming a captain, but they wanted leadership."

Miles wanted to play in Game 4 but said he wasn't allowed to.

Miles said he's not the type of person to speak out but he couldn't hold back anymore. He spent a long time with the Jazz, always did what the team asked of him and wanted the situation to work. But he felt the Jazz didn't treat him right this season and couldn't hold his tongue.

Al Jefferson

Jefferson hasn't thought about his contract and will leave it to his agent. But he loves Utah and would like to finish career with the Jazz.

Jefferson said Corbin has done a good job communicating with the team and it's one of the second-year coach's strong points.

Devin HarrisHarris is "excited" to enter a contract year. He knows he started slowly and didn't initially play well this season. But he feels like he found his game at the end of the year.

Harris acknowledged communication with Corbin has been an issue. Harris said his relationship with Corbin improved as the season went on and he thinks Corbin will figure things out over time.

Gordon Hayward

After his exit meeting, Hayward said he took a big step this season but it was one he and the Jazz expected. He'll continue to improve during the summer and he wants to take his game to the next level.

Hayward is fine either playing shooting guard or small forward and doesn't feel like either is set for his future.

Hayward smiled when asked about Corbin's communication issues. He said Corbin's been in a tough spot and will find his way.

Brian T. SmithTwitter: @tribjazz