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Northwest Notes: Jazz, Millsap, Carter

Israeli point guard Gal Mekel wasn't talked about much as a possibility for the NBA this summer but yesterday we learned that the Jazz have their eye on him.  However, visa complications would make it difficult for Mekel to get into camp on time and make his case for a roster spot.  If the 24-year-old does wind up with the Jazz or another club, he would become the league's second Israeli player after Cleveland's Omri Casspi.  Here's more on the Jazz and other notes out of the Northwest division..

  • Paul Millsap reiterated yesterday that he'd "absolutely" like to re-sign with the Jazz next summer, but it's unclear whether the Jazz will commit to both Millsap and Derrick Favors long-term, writes Bill Oram of the Salt Lake Tribune.  Over the summer, the Jazz reportedly offered Millsap a three-year, $25MM contract extension.
  • Millsap is among the players to keep an eye on as they enter a contract year, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.  The 27-year-old has shown progress in every season and another significant step forward can put him in line for a major payday in the summer.  As it stands now, the powerful big man looks to be one of the bigger gets in the 2013 free agent class.
  • Fan favorite Anthony Carter is excited to be back with the Nuggets in camp, even though he is fighting to crack the roster during this go 'round, writes Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post.  Denver's signings of Carter and Ben Uzoh yesterday brought the roster count to 17.  The two are now in a three-horse race with point guard Julyan Stone for the final spot with the club.

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