Pelicans Acquire Derrick Favors For Two Second-Rounders

JULY 7: The Jazz have officially traded Favors to the Pelicans, according to press releases issued by both teams.

Utah’s press release features a statement from owner Gail Miller praising Favors and thanking him for his “immeasurable contributions” to the organization. Meanwhile, Pelicans head of basketball operations David Griffin said in a statement that New Orleans is “ecstatic” to acquire a “player and person of Derrick’s caliber.”

“As a selfless, 27-year old elite rim protector, with what we believe is untapped offensive potential, he is just entering his prime,” Griffin said of Favors. “We believe he will be a vital piece of our nucleus moving forward.”

JULY 1: The Pelicans will send Utah the Warriors’ 2021 and 2023 second-round picks in the swap, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. New Orleans had initially acquired both picks in a draft-night deal with Golden State.

JUNE 30: The Pelicans have agreed to acquire forward Derrick Favors in a trade with the Jazz, according to Tony Jones of The Athletic (Twitter link). New Orleans will send draft picks in exchange for Favors, Jones adds.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe was first to report Utah’s desire to move Favors to New Orleans, with the two sides reaching a deal hours into the first night of free agency.

The Jazz worked to trade Favors’ contract after reaching agreement on a four-year, $73MM deal with free agent Bojan Bogdanovic earlier in the night.

Favors, 27, has spent the past nine years of his career with the Jazz. He averaged 11.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 23.2 minutes per game last season, starting in 70 of a possible 76 games.

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19 thoughts on “Pelicans Acquire Derrick Favors For Two Second-Rounders

    • jkoms57

      Hopefully the schedules get them a lot of air time.

      My city doesn’t have NBA so I’ve been Laker fan, but it’d be unfair if Lakeshow gets Kawhi, so want to watch and cheer for Pelicans with my dude Zo and an exciting roster

    • Michael Chaney

      I love Redick off the bench for them too. They didn’t have a lot of shooting, so he’s a great fit. They’ll be fun to watch.

    • hiflew

      The only way that looks like 49-33 is as maybe a halftime score. The Pels will still be lucky to win 35 next year. They could be very good in 2-3 years, but not this year.

        • victorg

          i mean it is early in the Offseason but i have to imagine right now

          after that i think NO would have a lot of work to finish above

          they will probably be duking it out with the mavs jazz suns or kings for that 8th spot unless zion comes in and is Charles barkley from jump street which is very rare he will more then likely really struggle this season but will show flashes of being the #1 pick

  1. formerlyz

    Always been a big fan of Derrick Favors. I think New Orleans has a chance to be pretty good theoretically. With everything going down, it’s going to be interesting to see what the landscape looks like at the end of this lol

  2. Spike4christ

    Favors is trade deadline asset stuffer too. Griffin is a great GM. Top 3 IMO. We

  3. shayward1532

    So basically, Griffin turned Alen Smailagic into Derrick Favors. Wow.

  4. I would have preferred Favors to any of the big guys the Knicks signed. It appears they didn’t even look at the trade market, for players or picks.

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