"As Mehmet Okur, I am ready to make some sacrifices to stay here," he said on his Web site. "I will not be changing teams if there is a difference of $3-5 million in the total worth of the new contract. I believe my managers and I have let our feelings be known (to) the Jazz management... In the end, some of the decisions made will be business decisions first." via the Deseret News.
Translation: I'm planning to opt-out and I'd like a contract extension. If you pay me enough, I'll stick around.
The SL Tribune reports that...
"From what I'm hearing, you can put to rest any issues about discontent on the part of Andrei Kirilenko this summer. Kirilenko is said to be happy to be in Utah, has settled into life in Salt Lake City with his wife and sons, and is looking forward to being back with the Jazz next season."
Translation: I'm getting p-izz-aid mad dollars. Why should I be complaining (even when I'm delivering piss-poor numbers)?
"With the opt-out deadline not for another month-and-a-half, the Jazz aren't expecting to hear anything for a while. The economy only has added to the uncertainty for prospective free agents. In Boozer's case, a good guide might be Corey Maggette, who didn't opt out of his contract with the L.A. Clippers until the June 30 deadline last year. Maggette and Boozer share the same agent in Rob Pelinka."
Translation: It's going to be a long summer.