Reports: Jazz Sending Derrick Favors To New Orleans
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Utah Jazz will send longtime forward Derrick Favors to the New Orleans Pelicans for draft picks.
The Jazz can’t take on any more salary after acquiring Mike Conley from Memphis 10 days ago, Bojan Bogdanovic and Ed Davis in free agency.
Utah had the team option for Favors and will get some assets back for the big man.
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Favors averaged 11.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field this past season.
He was acquired in 2011 when the Jazz traded Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Favors, Devin Harris.
Since that time, Favors has played 576 games in a Jazz uniform.
The Pelicans will thrive with Favors in the lineup as he will likely be their starting center and will get to groom No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson.
Favors and Williamson will attempt to fill the void in New Orleans left by Anthony Davis, who was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.