Utah Jazz block out rumors as trade deadline nears
As distracted as fans are by trade rumors, coach Tyrone Corbin said Tuesday that the Utah Jazz have done a good job of blocking out speculation and anxiety before Thursday’s 1 p.m. trade deadline. "These guys understand," Corbin said. "They’ve been around long enough and understand the rumors is part of the business." Center Al Jefferson and power forward Paul Millsap remained at the center of all speculation entering Tuesday’s game against Golden State, but both said they pay little attention. "It don’t affect me," Jefferson said. "I cross that bridge when I get there, man. I just … I’m a Utah Jazz, this is my teammates and this is the way it’s going to be until I find out otherwise." Millsap said that the flip side of being a centerpiece of trade talk is knowing that teams are interested in him. "That’s how you’ve got to look at it," he said. "I try to keep it positive. When they’re not talking about you is when you should be concerned." Corbin said he has talked to the team multiple times about not being affected by trade talk, and that he doesn’t put much stock in the chatter. "I hear some," Corbin said, "and it’s like, ‘That’s not even close to being correct.’ But it’s out there." The Jazz have eight players scheduled to enter free agency in the summer if they do not make a trade by Thursday. "I love everybody on the team," Corbin said, adding, "These are Utah Jazz kind of guys."
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