Teams began negotiating with NBA free agents last night at 10 p.m. Mountain, with several reports surfacing relating to the Jazz and their efforts to fill out a youthful roster. This morning's Tribune story says the Jazz will target veterans to supplement the young core the Jazz are building around.
Big Al to Charlotte? • Al Jefferson, the Jazz's leading scorer and rebounder, was linked to the Charlotte Bobcats by reports from CBSSports.com and the Charlotte Observer. Jefferson, 28, is seeking a maximum contrac and the Bobcats sorely lack interior scoring. However, according to Rick Bonnell of the Observer, Bobcats' executive Rod Higgins has expressed a lack of interest in signing a big-name free agent just to show progress. Jefferson averaged 17.8 points and 9.2 rebounds last season and was named the Western Conference Player of the Week the final week of March.
Mutual interest in Tinsley return • The Jazz reached out to representatives of veteran point guard Jamaal Tinsley Sunday night, according to sources, apparently reciprocating the interest the 35-year-old has in rejoining the Jazz. The Tribune reported Saturday that Tinsley's first choice was to re-sign with the Jazz. He would likely fill the role of a third point guard and mentor Trey Burke, a role Tinsley finds appealing.