SALT LAKE CITY -- With NBA rumors buzzing like a stadium full of vuvuzelas, a source close to Jazz unrestricted free agent Kyle Korver said the 3-point sharpshooter doesn't believe he is coming back to Utah.
"He's about 95 percent certain that he's not coming back," the source said Wednesday, hours before the start of the NBA's free agency period.
The source also said it was a "shocker" for Korver when the Jazz recently selected 6-foot-8 small forward Gordon Hayward with the No. 9 pick in the draft.
"Everything they were telling him was on the lines (that) they were going to go after a big guy down low," said the source, who asked not to be identified.
Instead, the Jazz took Hayward, a wing player whose skill set is similar to Korver's.
"The pick actually stunned all the Jazz guys," the source said.
"We took a guy we thought was better than anybody else (remaining) in the draft," Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor said. "A good shot better. But we'll see."
At the press conference introducing Hayward to the local media, O'Connor said the pick did not preclude the Jazz from bringing Korver back.
"Does it preclude us from making a trade or moving somebody? No," O'Connor said. "We're going to look to improve our team."
When reached for comment on Wednesday, O'Connor said the team had "a couple of free agents we're going to talk to at midnight. We've got some spots to fill."
Regarding which free agents, O'Connor did not want to speak specifically.
"We'll be aggressive in the free agent market as far as trying to better ourselves, to better the team," he said.
Once they sign Hayward, the Jazz will have committed nearly $60 million to eight players, not including Korver or fellow unrestricted free agent Carlos Boozer. Consequently, they aren't expected to be big spenders in this summer's shopping spree.
The Jazz recently made qualifying offers to restricted free agents Wesley Matthews and Kyrylo Fesenko, giving themselves the right to match another team's offer to either player. However, they have no such protection when it comes to Korver and Boozer.
As the chase for marquee free agents -- most notably LeBron James, followed by Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade -- became a bubbling cauldron of media rumors earlier this week, Boozer and Korver also had their names in the fray.
Internet reports on Wednesday linked Boozer with the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Nets.
Others linked Korver to Miami and the New York Knicks, two contenders in the LeBron Sweepstakes who might be looking for a 3-point bomber to ease double-team pressure.
One of Utah's most popular players, Korver appeared in 180 games for the Jazz after being traded from Philadelphia in the middle of the 2007-08 season. Last season, he shot a sizzling 53.6 percent from behind the 3-point line, setting an NBA record.
He made better than $5 million in the final year of his contract, which ran out Wednesday night at 10 p.m.
"My personal opinion is, if the Jazz offered him a contract, he'll stay," the unnamed source said. "If they came to him even in light of all this, he would stay."
A day after Utah's season ended with a playoff loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Korver said he was anxious to see what the summer had in store.
"You want to be somewhere where what you do is appreciated and where you feel that your talents are utilized," he said.
The source close to Korver said the 29-year-old would like "to place some roots down" in Utah.
"He's still got a house in Philly that he's been trying to sell," the person said. "He's been trying to get rid of that house because he wants to buy a house (in Utah). But he wasn't going to buy anything and settle down until he had a long-term contract.
"He likes Utah. He said he loves playing here. This is like night and day compared to playing in Philly. They Jazz fans are amazing and he loves it here."