Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin took exception to outsiders who speculated that he might play certain players just to increase their tradability.
“I play guys for us to win. That’s what I’ve been doing all year. That’s what I’ll continue to do,” the second-year coach said. “I play guys with match-ups and what gives us the best chance and who’s going well.”
Winning games and developing players have remained Corbin’s objectives this season. That didn’t change just because of a trade deadline.
“Where we are now, this group of guys, we’ve got to play to win game and develop guys, and that’s what we continue to do,” he said.
Corbin cracked a joke about having all 14 players participate in shootaround in Phoenix on Wednesday — a day before the trade deadline.
“We didn’t have anybody sitting out saying (to them), ‘Don’t get hurt.'”