By Ross Siler
While they announced Wednesday that Matt Harpring will miss all of training camp, the preseason and the start of the regular season due to ankle and knee injuries, the Jazz will have Carlos Boozer on hand when they report to camp.
Despite a summer of tension with the organization, Boozer will report on time and be in attendance Friday when the Jazz host media day, The Tribune has learned. Boozer has not commented publicly on his situation in nearly two months.
Boozer and the Jazz have been at odds ever since the All-Star forward decided June 30 to play the final year of his contract at $12.7 million rather than opting for free agency.
Only weeks later, Boozer asserted in a series of radio interviews that he and the Jazz had mutually agreed to a trade and went so far as to name Chicago and Miami as preferred destinations.
Although he explored trade options, Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor will bring back Boozer.
As for Harpring, the Jazz stopped short of declaring the veteran forward’s career over, but Harpring will return home to Atlanta rather than stay in Utah and will be re-evaluated in six weeks.