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News » Utah Jazz Notes, Quotes 2009-05-29

Utah Jazz Notes, Quotes 2009-05-29

Utah Jazz Notes, Quotes 2009-05-29
--Although late Jazz owner Larry Miller was unequivocal in saying the team never would be a luxury-tax payer, his oldest son and successor, Greg, has softened that stance. Greg Miller suggested in recent television interviews that the Jazz would not shy away from paying the tax to retain restricted free agent forward Paul Millsap. The Jazz play in one of the NBA's smallest markets but would have $71 million committed to nine players for the 2009-10 season should Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur and Kyle Korver not opt out of their contracts.

--The Rocky Mountain Revue, which started as a pro-am league at Salt Lake City's Westminster College in 1984 and eventually grew into the NBA's premier summer league, has been canceled for 2009. The league was put out of business by a competing league in Las Vegas. Only five teams sent entries last summer, and even fewer were expected to do so this year because of the economy.

Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor called it a "major disappointment." The Jazz hold out some hope of the Revue's return for 2010 but are planning to send an entry to the Orlando, Fla., summer league instead.

--Jazz coach Jerry Sloan continues to recover after having his right knee replaced April 30. Sloan had been bothered by his knee all season but put off the surgery until after the Jazz's season. Sloan is under contract for 2009-10, his 22nd season with the Jazz, but the team is giving him space to recover before asking Sloan to fully commit to return next season.

--As much uncertainty as the Jazz have in terms of their roster, they remain one of the most well-supported franchises in the NBA. The Jazz ranked sixth in the league in season-ticket renewals, according to CEO Greg Miller. The Jazz were sixth in attendance last season, averaging 19,903. They failed to sell out only one of 41 home games.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think he would be one who would be considered a marquee player, but I do have concerns about Carlos' defense and I have some concerns about his ability to lead the team." -- Jazz CEO Greg Miller, talking about welcoming back Carlos Boozer next season.

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