2013 NBA Free Agency: Utah Jazz, Paul Millsap Have 'Mutual Interest' in Big Man Re-Signing

By Ryan Heckman


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Yesterday, I told you that the Utah Jazz had a meeting with forward Paul Millsap about returning to Salt Lake City. The pitch made to Millsap was centered around ‘patience.’ As I said, it sounded like quite a pathetic sales pitch.

Now there are reports out of Utah that both sides apparently have a mutual interest in getting a deal done. Jazz Beat Writer Jody Genessy tweeted Tuesday:



I guess Millsap may have a heart for the Jazz still. Or, maybe he bought the whole patience pitch from the front office. Either way, the Jazz have made Millsap their number one priority.

Quite honestly, I have a hard time giving hope to the fans of Utah at this point. They are still a ways from contention.

Although they have a young core featuring a couple of big men that the organization is high on, youth is definitely a concern. Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors have shown a lot of promise but still need some work to get to the next level. With that said, I like both of them and think they will be consistently good players soon enough.

Gordon Hayward is a tough guy to figure out for me. At times he looks like an important part of their strategy on the court, doing a little bit of everything. Other times he appears lost. Maybe that’s just me, but I think they need a bit more consistency from the young forward.

Of course, the Jazz made a huge move in acquiring rookie point guard Trey Burke on draft night. Burke has an enormous ceiling in my opinion, and I think that was one of the better moves made during the draft. Utah will be glad they were able to land him.

For now, it looks like we are waiting to hear from Millsap on whether or not he is truly interested in signing a long-term deal to stay with the Jazz. Utah is also interested in free agent power forward Carl Landry, who would be a step down from Millsap but the encouraging aspect with Landry is that he would come cheaper.

The Jazz are also said to be meeting with free agent guard O.J. Mayo who is likely to command a larger deal than he is worth. I wouldn’t put it past Utah to give him just that, but we’ll have to wait and see. Millsap is the priority at the moment and until they clear up his situation, I wouldn’t expect any major moves take place.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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