In her tender and sincere way, Jazz owner Gail Miller welcomed Devin Harris and Derrick Favors to Utah during a press conference following the team's prep session for tonight's game against the Boston Celtics.

"We're excited to have you here," Miller said. "And hope that you enjoy mingling with the community and with the team and with all of the management, and that you feel comfortable."

Turns out, mingling with the community was an interesting and fitting phrase.

As nice as Miller's comments were — and as warm as Jazz president Randy Rigby and general manager Kevin O'Connor were in their brief remarks — Harris' most memorable welcoming and mingling moment came on his first day in Utah.

"I was at the mall yesterday and people were jumping out of cars to come say hello," the veteran point guard said with a smile. "So I'm excited to be here."

Nobody has yet leaped out of a vehicle to meet Favors, but the 19-year-old rookie is equally thrilled about being traded to Utah from New Jersey.

"I'm just happy to be here, happy to be in an organization where I can fit in and hopefully stay for a while," the 6-foot-10 Favors said. "And like (Harris) said, be on a winning team, a winning organization and just improve every year."

Harris, who has replaced the traded Deron Williams as the Jazz's starting point guard, is looking forward to receiving the home-team treatment tonight against the Celtics in his first game at EnergySolutions Arena since joining his new squad last week.