Sloan practices with picks; O'Connor negotiates

Updated: July 14, 2004, 12:48 AM ET
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz's top two draft picks are signed and practicing.

Now, the focus is on a pair of prized free agents -- Cleveland forward Carlos Boozer and Detroit center Mehmet Okur, who were expected to sign long-term deals with the Jazz once the NBA's signing period opened at 12 a.m. EDT Wednesday.

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan was leaving the contract situations to vice president for basketball operations Kevin O'Connor, who shortly after the signing period began ...

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