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News » Utah Jazz Roster Report 2008-07-26


Utah Jazz Roster Report 2008-07-26


Utah Jazz Roster Report 2008-07-26
DRAFT PICKS:

Kosta Koufos, C, 7-0, Ohio State -- With range out to the three-point arc, Koufos someday could succeed Mehmet Okur with the Jazz. He was one of 10 freshmen to be drafted in the first round and likely is ticketed for the NBA Development League as a rookie.

Ante Tomic, C, 7-2, Croatia -- The 21-year-old will remain overseas for at least another season and possibly longer. But the Jazz believe Tomic will someday play in the NBA. He has size and skills but little strength to play inside.

Tadija Dragicevic, F, 6-9, Serbia -- The Jazz believe the Adriatic League MVP will someday play in the NBA, much like Tomic. There are questions about whether Dragicevic is best suited as a power forward or a small forward.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Jazz have been quiet so far in free agency, expressing interest in a handful of players, some of whom already have signed elsewhere. That included Clippers G Corey Maggette, who signed a $43 million offer sheet with the Jazz in 2003 that was matched by the Clippers. Maggette headed to Golden State, as did Lakers F Ronny Turiaf, whom the Jazz inquired about. Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor has said the team will be actively exploring sign-and-trade possibilities that could land the Jazz a free agent.

PLAYER NOTES:

--F Carlos Boozer suggested that having G Deron Williams signed to an extension would increase the likelihood he will remain in Utah as well.

"He's going to be smiling for the next four years," Boozer said. "And we will, too, because we'll have him on our side."

Boozer can opt out of his contract next summer but also can re-sign with the Jazz for a bigger deal than any other NBA team can offer.

--C Kyrylo Fesenko had what he called "the worst game of my life" in the Jazz's Rocky Mountain Revue opener, finishing scoreless with seven turnovers and four fouls in 17 minutes. Fesenko was the Jazz's second-round draft pick in 2007 and signed a three-year contract.

--F Yaroslav Korolev is trying to restart his NBA career with the Jazz after lasting only two seasons with the Clippers despite being a lottery pick in 2005. Korolev played last season back in Russia with Dynamo Moscow. He became expendable in Los Angeles after F Elton Brand suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and the Clippers had to sign veterans Ruben Patterson and Josh Powell to help fill the void. The Jazz brought in Korolev to work out last summer but decided to sign free-agent guards Jason Hart and Ronnie Price.


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: July 26, 2008

 

 
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