Free agency affecting Jazz players, Corbin says
Having eight players bound for free agency may be taking a toll on the Jazz, coach Tyrone Corbin said Friday, and could be partly to blame for the team’s late-season struggles. "It may have a little something to do with where we are," Corbin said. "We can’t do anything about it. We’ve got to play our way through it, that stuff we can’t do anything about until it’s time to do something about it." Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson headline a large group of Jazz players who will be unrestricted once the season ends, and Corbin said factors such as wanting to produce bigger numbers and not getting hurt could impact individuals’ performances at this point in the year. "All that stuff could come into play," Corbin said. "I’ve been a free agent before. You’ve got a lot of things that come into play now." In addition to the two frontcourt leaders, Mo Williams, DeMarre Carroll, Randy Foye, Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley all will be seeking new contracts. Raja Bell, who was waived by the Jazz earlier this month, was also set to become a free agent. Marvin Williams, acquired by the Jazz last summer, has a player option on his contract, but is scheduled to make $7.5 million next year. On Wednesday, Williams said he had not considered whether he would opt out of his deal.
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