Re: 2013 Fall camp/Pre-Season!
"Itís just part of the business, man," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said before his team practiced Thursday morning. "Itís hard to see the guys go, especially the good guys.
"The main thing is to see them continue to play NBA basketball. Iím happy they have the opportunity to continue their careers. Itís unfortunate they arenít with us, but itís part of the business."
Portland opened its preseason Wednesday night, when Phoenix defeated the Trail Blazers 104-98. Williams had nine points and seven assists in 26 minutes. Matthews finished with four points, and Watson did not play.
The "reunion" aspect of the Utah-Portland game will be a common thread throughout the season for the Jazz, who also watched Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll and Randy Foye move to new teams last summer.
Jefferson signed with Charlotte, Millsap and Carroll signed with Atlanta, and Foye was traded to Denver.
In addition, former Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek is now the head coach in Phoenix.
Jazz center Enes Kanter admits playing against friends can be difficult, but he quickly added, "When you are on the court, it doesnít matter. You try to beat them."