NBA News and Rumors – August 31, 2009

Utah Jazz: Boozer not headed to Dallas or South Africa

BREAKING: Stephen Jackson wants Warriors to trade him

Jazz tender Suton qualifying offer
Utah Jazz: Boozer not headed to Dallas or South Africa

Jody Genessy

Add the Dallas Mavericks to the list of NBA teams that were — and perhaps still are — interested in acquiring trade-craving Carlos Boozer.

While you’re at it, scratch South Africa off of Boozer’s more immediate travel itinerary.

Though it’s still unclear where exactly he’ll end up this NBA season, Boozer won’t be going to Johannesburg this week to participate in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program Wednesday through Sunday as was announced earlier this summer.

The Jazz power forward is a late scratch from the league’s successful international outreach program, an NBA source involved with the camp said on Sunday.

No reason for Boozer’s withdrawal from the event was given. It wasn’t announced whether Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh — Boozer’s 2008 Olympic teammates — will still attend the camps with other current and former NBA players.

As for the Dallas situation, the Mavericks were among the possible Boozer suitors with whom the Jazz have talked swap this offseason, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford. The NBA writer also recently reported that the Jazz have discussed possible deals with the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons. He didn’t mention Portland, Memphis, New York, Sacramento or Houston, but Boozer’s name has surfaced in rumors and reports along with those teams this summer as well.

Boozer told a radio station this summer that the Jazz informed him that he was no longer in their future plans and claimed that the franchise’s management would seek a trade for him before the 2009-10 season.

BREAKING: Stephen Jackson wants Warriors to trade him

Oakland Tribune staff

Stephen Jackson wants out of Golden State and has hired an agent to facilitate a trade, our Marcus Thompson II confirmed late Friday night on our "Inside the Warriors" blog.

Jackson told an audience gathered Friday in New York for a shoe company’s party that he doesn’t expect to be with the Warriors when the season begins in November.

Jackson stunned the crowd after he was asked by an MC if he thought the Warriors would make the playoffs.

" "Um I don’t think I’ll be a Warrior next year. I’m looking to leave," Jackson said.

The 31-year-old Jackson signed a three-year contract extension with the Warriors while acting as his own agent last November. But, he has since cooled on the idea of playing for an organization that has missed the playoffs in 14 of the past 15 seasons. Jackson said that playing for Don Nelson and his offensive system was fun, but now rewarding enough.

"(Playing in Nellie’s system) gave me a chance to show everything I could do on the court," Jackson told Dime Magazine Friday. "It was great for me, but at this point, I’m 31 years old. I have four or five years left, I want to be in a situation where I can continually be in the playoffs and get another ring. So that’s where my mind is at now. "I’m just looking to go somewhere where I can go and win a championship." Jackson said he’s already informed the Warriors of his wish to be dealt and he mentioned Cleveland, Texas (Houston, San Antonio or Dallas) and the New York Knicks as his preferred destinations. Jackson led the Warriors in scoring (20.7 points per game) and assists (6.5) last season while playing in just 65 games. He underwent season-ending toe surgery in March.

Jazz tender Suton qualifying offer

By Ross Siler

The Jazz tendered second-round draft pick Goran Suton a non-guaranteed qualifying offer Friday, setting the stage for the former Michigan State center to come to training camp next month and try to win a roster spot.

Even with no guaranteed money, Suton is believed to be committed to going to camp with the Jazz, as his agent, Dan Tobin, asserted earlier this month. Tobin didn’t return messages Friday and Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor is away.

The Jazz faced a Sept. 6 deadline to tender the offer. If Suton decided not to sign and opted to head overseas, the Jazz would retain his rights. But Suton has shown little interest in playing in Europe since he was drafted with the No. 50 pick.

With 13 players under contract and a payroll pushing $82 million plus an additional $12 million in luxury tax penalties, the Jazz might not have a spot for Suton. They already have two other young centers in Kosta Koufos and Kyrylo Fesenko.

By signing the qualifying offer, Suton would become a free agent if he were released by the Jazz.

He helped lead Michigan State to the NCAA championship game, but struggled in summer league play with the Jazz. Suton averaged 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in five games but shot 35.7 percent overall and went 0-for-10 from three-point range.

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