Monday, May 17th, 2010 at 11:30 am  |  14 responses

Utah Jazz Management Excited About Paul Millsap’s Future

With the very real possibility that Carlos Boozer could bolt out of town in less than two months, Utah Jazz execs are already selling the fanbase on Paul Millsap’s emergence. The Salt Lake Tribune reports: “Back in November, Jazz chief executive Greg Miller opted to wear a No. 5 Carlos Boozer jersey to an interview for KSL 5’s SportsBeat Sunday, a show of support to the embattled power forward. Miller made no such fashion statement Sunday when he sat down for another SportsBeat interview. Not to suggest that Boozer is leaving as a free agent this summer and Paul Millsap is staying, but Miller did endorse Millsap in one respect. ‘In my opinion, Paul played his best basketball when he was the guy, when Carlos was out,’ Miller said. ‘And so it’s exciting for me to think about what we’d get out of Millsap if he knew he was going to play that key role for us. We’ll just have to wait and see if that happens.’ Obviously, the way in which Millsap plays that ‘key role’ as a starter next season is if Boozer heads to another team this summer. Miller also said not to exaggerate the significance of his March meeting with Boozer’s agent, Rob Pelinka, saying that ‘not much of any substantial conversation took place.’ KSL’s Tom Kirkland went through the usual list of indictments against Boozer – - his injury history, sitting out the regular-season finale against Phoenix, the playoff struggles against the Lakers – - and Miller did speak up on behalf of Boozer. ‘I would say to Carlos’ credit that I saw a lot of growth in him over the season,’ Miller said. ‘I think all the stuff that happened in the past is just water under the bridge and I think Carlos just wants to win and we want to win and hopefully there’s a way we can get together.”’

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I don’t know, if they were THAT excited about Millsap’s future I’m sure they would’ve did their best to trade Boozer away before the trade deadline.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Well there will be plenty to get worked up about hen Deron leaves town…!?

  • http://heavyasheaven.blogspot.com DP

    In my opinion, dude is colder than Boozer. He comes off the bench and can get you 19 and 13. Imagine if he started for a whole season. Utah should part ways with the booz and let Millsap be the new pick and roll option for Deron.

  • Fat Lever

    Anybody else see a pretty dramatic fall in production for Boozer if he goes from D-Will feeding him the ball and Sloan running pick and rolls/pops for Booz to someone/somewhere else where the offense isn’t suited to his strengths? Playing with an excellent PG masks a lot of deficiencies in a person’s game.

  • http://albayanos.com Bug Marley

    If Carlos don’t leave, they can always get a good trade for Millsap. Free that guy!

  • http://big11mel@yahoo.com Big Mel

    Milsap is bsically the same player as Boozer he can get u 20 and 10 but he still 6’8 but he is cheaper,and u still will lose to the Lakers because he still to small.

  • Oli

    booz will leave. not because he doesn’t want to stay but because the jazz are not going to pay him max dollars. not if they can’t win a game against the lakers WITH him. they should start millsap and try to sign haywood and some scorer off the bench.

  • Diesel

    I can see boozer flourishing if he moves back to the East. There are less long big men there that seem to give him problems.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    As they should be. Millsap is a phenomenal player who is already good enough to be an All-Star.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Not to mention his jumpshot is mad smooth now.. He’s really improved his offensive skillset to the point where he’s one of the best all-around big men in the league now.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    Teddy, I agree that Milsap is a good player (nobody doubts that), but the fact that he is about 6’8 (and I think that might be giving him an inch or two) is going to be a problem on the defensive end, much like Boozer.

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    If he was really all that he would have supplanted Booz by now and made a trade happen.

  • http://slamonline dave

    all they need to do is get rid of BOOzer who plays no defense, plays like he’s 6’0 tall and yells after everything he does like he is tough. I think milsap will be a 20/15 guy, he plays bigger around the hoop and actually plays defense, not tag like boozer. i love milsaps energy and help d, he has a jumpshot, and gives his all without getting injured.

  • http://slamonline dave

    and about supplanting boozer, the jazz could not bench boozer cause of the money he was making, and the reason they signed milsap is because they knew boozer would not be here after this year. if anyone would have wanted boozer at the trade deadline he would have been gone. boozer had one good year without injury and only cause its a contract year, dude has no heart. milsap does