Jazz acquire Jefferson

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz have acquired centre/forward Al Jefferson from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for centre Kosta Koufos, the Memphis Grizzlies' protected 2011 first-round pick (obtained by the Jazz in a previous trade) and an additional future protected first-round pick.

Jefferson, who averaged 17.1 points and 6.9 rebounds last season, fills the void created by Carlos Boozer. He left via free agency to sign with the Chicago Bulls.

"We are happy to acquire a young power player who has developed into one of the best low post scorers in the league," Utah general manager Kevin O'Connor said. "We gave up significant assets to obtain Al and we look forward to watching him progress with our team."

In three seasons with the Timberwolves (2007-10), Jefferson started in 208 games and averaged 20.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.44 blocks while leading the team in scoring each season.

Originally selected by the Boston Celtics in the first round (15th overall) of the 2004 NBA Draft, Jefferson has averaged 15.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.25 blocks in 407 career games (276 starts) over six seasons with Boston and Minnesota.

Koufos, originally selected by the Jazz in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2008 draft, owns career averages of 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds in 48 games (seven starts).


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