It looks like all 3 (Korver, Boozer, & Okur) will be back with the Jazz. Mehmet Okur made his final decision on Tuesday, and he decided to finish off his contract with the Jazz at $9 million (for next season).
One thing has been made perfectly clear... the free agent market isn't as furtile as once believed. The economy has placed a huge dent in the pocket books of owners, unwilling to spend the big bucks. No one could find a better offer on the open market. So... welcome back!
What does this mean?
The Salt Lake Tribune explains...
"The Jazz are treading in dangerous territory in regard to the luxury tax. Boozer and Okur's return gives them approximately $73.5 million in salary commitments to 11 players for the upcoming season. The NBA's luxury-tax threshold is expected to be around $70 million and the Jazz would have to carry at least a league-minimum 13 players on their roster. "It could be [a problem]," Miller said, "but it's like I said before: If we need to go into the luxury tax to protect our players and protect our team, keep it intact, we'd have to take a look at that." Should the Jazz become luxury-tax payers, Miller added that they would be "very deliberate" in making the decision. "It's not something we're going to do on a whim," he said."
1. Look for teams to pursue Paul Millsap aggressively, hoping the Jazz will flinch at a large contract (I could see an offer in the $8-10 million a year range). If above $10 mil, let him go.
2. If the Jazz don't want to be in luxury tax land, and desire to keep and match for Millsap regardless... Look for the Jazz to unload Boozer or Okur or Kirilenko (good luck with AK!) to a team for cap space (Detroit or Memphis likely), a player and maybe a pick.