Security and comfort were concerns for Derrick Favors when the Jazz began discussing an extension with his camp this offseason, but he didn’t get very involved in the negotiations himself, as he tells Grantland’s Zach Lowe.
“That’s more of an agent thing,” Favors said. “They talked all summer and had conversations. But that’s more for the agent and the front office. I didn’t have that much word in it. My agent really just asked me questions and stuff.”
As Favors and the 0-4 Jazz prepare to face the NBA’s other 0-4 team in Boston tonight, let’s round up a few odds and ends from around the league:
- The Mavericks‘ roster underwent plenty of turnover this past summer, but the team’s new additions have been meshing very well in the early going, writes Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News.
- Ian Begley of ESPN New York explores solutions for how the Knicks will cope without Tyson Chandler in their lineup for the next several weeks, a question I also tackled today.
- Several trade candidates on teams without much chance of winning the title could benefit clubs that are in the championship mix, as Amin Elhassan of ESPN.com examines in an Insider piece.
- In another piece for ESPN.com Insiders, draft guru Chad Ford takes an early look at 2014’s point guard class, which is highlighted by Dante Exum and Marcus Smart.
- Keith Schlosser of Ridiculous Upside wonders if first overall pick Anthony Bennett could be headed for a stint with the Cavaliers‘ D-League affiliate in Canton.