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D-Will back to practice; Boozer absent from Thursday drills

BOISE The Jazz on Thursday morning went through yet another training camp practice without starting point guard Deron Williams, who visited a Boise hospital to address minor complications related to the removal last Friday of three impacted wisdom teeth.

"I woke up... like 3 in the morning," Williams said. "It was so bad I went to the emergency room."

Williams was treated at the hospital and later Thursday by a doctor for dry socket, which occurs when the blood clot at the site of a tooth extraction is dislodged and exposes underlying nerves and bone.

On Wednesday, Williams - still in pain and not eating solid foods after complications in the initial procedure required a bone graft showed up at practice with a pillow.

By Thursday night, though, Williams said he was feeling a lot better and actually took part in practice for the first time since camp opened Tuesday.

With Williams out, reserve points Jason Hart and Ronnie Price - both offseason free-agent signees are getting plenty of extra reps while learning a new offense.

The Jazz will break camp in Boise after practicing Saturday morning.

BOOZER STILL OUT: Absent again Thursday as well was starting power forward Carlos Boozer, who is spending time (with permission from the team) at home in Miami while one of his young sons continues to recover from a bone marrow transplant related to his battle with sickle cell anemia.

SLOAN CONTRACT: Sloan said Thursday he has "talked a little bit" with Jazz management and ownership regarding a contract extension.

"It's not a big deal," said Sloan, who indicated a willingness to continue coaching beyond the current season.

Without work, the longtime Jazz coach said, "I'd go crazy."

No announcement regarding agreement on an extension is imminent, Sloan suggested.