Archive for August 5th, 2012

All signs continue to point toward 21-year-old big man Derrick Favors as a major centerpiece of the Jazz’s future.

Utah Jazz, Paul Millsap talking extension

While Favors crisscrossed Utah this week, strengthening his bond with fans by visiting remote towns as part of the annual Junior Jazz program, initial contract negotiations quietly began between the small-market organization and longtime power forward Paul Millsap.

The sturdy six-year veteran was offered a three-year extension worth about $25 million, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned, which is the maximum extension Millsap can receive under the new collective bargaining agreement. The proposed deal features an annual 7.5 percent raise, would kick in after Millsap’s current contract expires June 2013, and could keep the career Jazzman in a Utah uniform through June 2016.

Initial indications are Millsap won’t agree to the extension, though, preferring to enter free agency in 2013 with plans to cash in on an inflated 2012 market that saw mid-tier forwards such as Gerald Wallace, Andrei Kirilenko, Nicolas Batum and Ryan Anderson recently receive lucrative multiyear contracts.

– Reported by Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune

Patty Mills scores 39 in Olympics

Patty Mills scored a tournament-high 39 points and Australia beat Britain 106-75 on Saturday to earn a spot in the quarterfinals of the men’s Olympic basketball competition.

The San Antonio Spurs guard and former Trail Blazer had 15 points in the third quarter to spark Australia’s comeback. Matt Dellavedova made all three of his 3-point attempts in the period as Australia rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit…

Joel Freeland, the 6-foot-10, 250-pound Englishman the Blazers drafted in 2006, had 16 points for Britain, now 0-4 in its Olympic debut. Freeland signed a three-year contract with the Blazers in July.

– Reported by the Associated Press

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