x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Boozer and Okur happy to stay Jazz hands

The Utah Jazz starters have decided not to opt out of their contracts and will remain with the team for next season.

The Utah Jazz starters Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur have decided not to opt out of their contracts and will remain with the team for next season. Both players had early termination options and could have tested the NBA's free-agency market, which opened yesterday. Boozer appeared in only 37 games last season after suffering numerous injuries, but averaged 16.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a starting forward for the team.

"We are excited that Carlos has decided to remain with the Jazz," Utah general manager Kevin O'Connor said. "We are hopeful he can continue to play at an All-Star level and will have an injury-free season." Turkey's Okur played in 72 games for Utah and averaged 17.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists. "He has clearly been an integral part of our success since his arrival and we are hopeful that he will continue to perform at such a high level in the future," O'Connor said of Okur.

Meanwhile, Michael Curry was sacked as the Detroit Pistons coach on Tuesday after just one season in charge. "This was a difficult decision to make," the Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said. "I want to thank Michael for his hard work and dedication to the organisation. However, at this time, I have decided to make a change." Under Curry the Pistons finished with a regular-season record of 39-43 and advanced to the play-offs where they were swept from the first round in four games by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The results fell far short of the high expectations for a team that had reached the conference finals the previous six years. * Reuters