Jazz Rumors: Millsap, Jefferson, Favors

November 21 2012 at 6:03pm CDT By Chuck Myron

In an age of small-ball, the Jazz have been going the opposite direction, fielding a starting lineup of three big men in their last two games. Coach Tyrone Corbin has shifted Paul Millsap to small forward to accomodate Derrick Favors at the four spot, and though Millsap and Favors struggled offensively in a close win against the Wizards, the Jazz have won both games since making the change. When asked whether he likes playing small forward, Millsap said, "I don't have a problem with it," and Ian Thomson of SI.com interprets that to mean next summer's free agent isn't willing to sign with a team that envisions him as a three for the long term. Thomson has much more on the Jazz, and we'll break it down here.

  • Given the team's frontcourt logjam, GM Dennis Lindsey is non-committal about the idea of retaining both Millsap and Al Jefferson in free agency. "The possibilities are always there," he said. "Is it realistic? We'll find out in time."
  • The Jazz won't deal Millsap at the deadline unless they get "an explosive perimeter scorer" or a "dynamic young point guard," Thomson opines, speculating that they will let Jefferson walk this summer.
  • It would be mutually beneficial for Millsap to re-sign the Jazz, Thomson believes, adding that he could see the 6'10" Favors blossoming at center, based on his work ethic.
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