Marvin Williams will not exercise the early termination option in his contract and will remain with the Jazz, a source told CSNNW.
An easy decision for Williams, especially after undergoing heel surgery in May. He will not be ready to play until at least December, and he'll make $7.5 million this season, a number he wouldn't see as a free agent.
Jerry Sloan could reunite with the Jazz organization in an undetermined role with the team.
Sloan "didn't say" whether or not an offer was made to him and did not get into specifics as to what capacity he might return in, but it's an interesting footnote if nothing else. GM Dennis Lindsey said "no comment" when asked about Sloan's potential return. It's worth noting that Sloan has been "rubbing shoulders with Jazz management more often."
Jazz F Marvin Williams needs surgery on his right heel and will be out six months.
Williams has a tear in his Achilles' tendon and will go under the knife Monday. It's unclear if it's a full or partial tear. Regardless, he won't be back until January at the earliest and can't be counted on to be at 100 percent at all next season. The Jazz will be forced to eat the $7.5 million player option Williams is now almost certain to pick up.
The Celtics tried to trade for Al Jefferson and/or Paul Millsap at the trade deadline but could not make a deal with the Jazz, according to CSNNE's Greg Dickerson.
Dickerson's report comes on the heels of a Jackie MacMullan report that stated Millsap was "Plan A" for the Celtics during the offseason. It's obvious Danny Ainge is trying to shape the future of the Celtics, but he doesn't have a lot to work with to make a deal unless he wants to completely blow up the roster and start from scratch.
Jerry Sloan had some interest in the Clippers, but "he appears to have backed away from trying to land the job," according to the Los Angeles Times.
Sloan's representatives reportedly reached out to the Clippers about the opening, but it sounds as if the talks never got very far. We don't consider him a serious candidate, but it's obvious Sloan is very much willing to coach again if the right opportunity presents itself.
The Celtics "Plan A" in free agency is to acquire unrestricted free agent Paul Millsap, according to ESPN Boston's Jackie MacMullan.
Millsap is certainly an intriguing target for the Celtics, but it's unclear how the team would acquire him. While we'll have a better idea of the Celtics roster after the team makes a decision on Paul Pierce, the team won't have the cap space necessary to outright sign Millsap as a free agent given the type of deal he'll command. We wouldn't consider Millsap landing in Boston likely, but stranger things have happened.
Karl Malone intends to meet with Enes Kanter (shoulder) prior to Kanter being cleared for basketball activities.
Kanter isn't expected to be 100 percent until later in the summer after April shoulder surgery, but the two sides will sit down and discuss where Kanter can improve. For now, Kanter is continuing his rehab and will focus on getting healthy.