As the minutes before the NBA trade deadline passed, Paul Millsap was working out and Al Jefferson napped.
Just another day in the NBA.
Because of their expiring contracts and immediate help they could provide other teams, Millsap and Jefferson were considered the Jazz’s most enticing trade bait.
Management decided to stand pat, however, so Millsap and Jefferson returned to practice Friday morning — the first step in a 27-game stretch run that will determine if Utah makes the playoffs.
"Let’s go back to work," coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We are who we are and where we are. It’s just good to get past the [deadline] date so we can move forward and keep trying to get better."
Corbin knows what Millsap and Jefferson endured in recent days. During his 16-year NBA career, he was part of eight trades, including two involving Utah.
In 1991, the Jazz sent Thurl Bailey and a second-round draft pick to Minnesota for Corbin. In 1994, the Jazz traded Corbin and a second-round pick to Atlanta for Adam Keefe.
Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson look ahead after trade deadline
Salt Lake Tribune | Feb 23