HoopsHype Kevin O'Connor rumors

December 13, 2011 Updates

Free agent swingman Josh Howard will meet with the Jazz this week, according to his camp. Howard's publicist said San Antonio gave Howard a "firm offer," as she said the Jazz did last week. General manager Kevin O'Connor said no formal offer was made, but said Utah has had "serious discussions" with Howard. Deseret News

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Jody Genessy: Jazz GM Kevin O'Connor credited NBA schedule-maker for doing a "terrific job." He thought Utah fared well in the back-to-back department. Twitter

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The Blazers continue to keep their GM search under tight wraps, having told all of the candidates they'd already interviewed over the summer that they were going in another direction and would be looking for executives who'd been in the GM chair for a long time. And the names that many outside of Portland (no one in the 503 is talking, of course) have attached to the job are Utah's Kevin O'Connor and Sacramento's Geoff Petrie. And O'Connor's and Petrie's track records would make them top candidates anywhere. NBA.com

October 23, 2011 Updates

Marc Stein: The two names other execs are talking about RE: Portland search for new GM are Sacramento's Geoff Petrie and Utah's Kevin O'Connor. But Kings told me Blazers have NOT called for permission to talk to Petrie and Yahoo & @Brian T. Smith say POR has not yet called to talk to O'Connor Twitter

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For now they're bonding and building a foundation together. They've even spent time doing "fantasy training camps," running sponsors and elite season-ticket holders through drills similar to what Jazz players go through on a daily non-lockout basis. One hard part for Jazz coaches and management, though, is not being able to contact or work with their players. That's a costly no-no. "I wouldn't call it frustrating," O'Connor said. "I'd call it paranoia." Deseret News

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It's unknown whether any deals involving those three players will go down, but even hearing their names in trade rumors begs the question if anybody on the team is untouchable a la Karl Malone and John Stockton. Kevin O'Connor's response to that question? "Greg Miller," the Jazz general manager quipped. While media members chuckled, O'Connor continued: "He owns the team, so he and Gail (Miller) are untouchable. Outside of that, I think we're all available for trades." He wasn't about to tip his hand, but O'Connor didn't rule out the possibility of a draft-day deal. "Because we have two more picks, we hear more talk," O'Connor admitted. Deseret News

May 18, 2011 Updates

ESPN took a commercial break at that point while they assembled representatives of the three remaining teams center stage. That meant Kahn stepped forth. So did Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor. And so did Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's bespectacled, bow-tied 14-year-old son, Nick, who is afflicted with a rare neurological disease. "I did tell Kevin O'Connor when the three of us were asked to stand up on that little elevated stage, as soon as the 14 year old joined us, we were toast," Kahn said. "There was no way the 14 year old was about to be denied in a league that has a habit of compelling storylines." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

May 17, 2011 Updates

Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor said today that coach Tyrone Corbin is not expected to add new assistants until after the 2011 NBA Draft, which is scheduled June 23 in Newark, N.J. "I don't want to speak for Ty, but I don't think we're going to make any decisions or any movement until we go through draft," O'Connor said. Salt Lake Tribune

April 18, 2011 Updates

Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor pointed in the direction of the franchise's two newest veterans — Al Jefferson and Devin Harris — while recently talking about the subject. O'Connor teased Harris and Jefferson at season's end: "I said, 'Myself and Coach (Tyrone) Corbin and you and Al, we're the four guys who are going to get the blame next year, so tie your hat on.' " Deseret News

April 8, 2011 Updates

Less than a week before he was traded by the Jazz to the Nets, Deron Williams lamented that in Utah, "It's hard to get free agents. It is. You look at [the Jazz] the last couple years, besides Booz [Carlos Boozer], we haven't had any really big free agents. Most people either got traded or drafted. We had some great second-round picks that have blossomed for us, Paul Millsap, Jeremy Evans, some of those. It's hard. I mean, I've tried. I recruit the heck out of people." So did Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor. "Do you make a call to those people?" O'Connor said. "Sure. If they say no, you move on. Those are excuses. You can win. If your ownership's committed, you can win." ESPN.com

April 5, 2011 Updates

Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor said that the organization planned to keep a close eye on the former D-Leaguer during his 10-day run, and Utah coach Tyrone Corbin has already been impressed with Weaver’s dedication and drive. The aggressive but smooth attack Weaver delivered against the Kings; his energy, confidence and professional delivery — all traits that Corbin has called for from better-paid players performing with the security of guaranteed contracts. Salt Lake Tribune

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