Utah Jazz notebook: O'Connor quiet on Boozer's remarks

Tim Buckley – Deseret News

Kevin O’Connor doesn’t want to engage in a war of words.

But the Jazz general manager suggested Saturday he didn’t appreciate Carlos Boozer’s appearance last week on a Chicago radio station in which he discussed trade prospects, including perhaps playing for the Bulls.

"I can’t speak for anybody," O’Connor said when asked about comments by Boozer, who is rumored to be on the trade block.

"What I can say is if you’re under contract, we’re an organization that expects you come and fulfill your contract and play hard," he added. "I’m not gonna get into a he-said, she-said kind of thing. But we expect any player that’s under contract — especially one that decided to opt in — to come and compete."

Boozer opted in late last month for the final year on his Jazz contract.

Chicago and Miami remain possible trade destinations for Boozer, with New York an apparent long shot.

Detroit, however, now seems out of the running.

Yahoo.com reported Saturday that Knicks free agent power forward Chris Wilcox "will join free agents Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon on a remade Pistons roster."


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