Even though he was a good fit in New Orleans, Derrick Favors missed playing for the Jazz, writes Tony Jones of The Athletic. Favors spent more than eight seasons in Utah before being traded last summer to free up cap space, so he was thrilled to get the opportunity to return.
“The history behind everything that came with playing for the Jazz meant a lot to me,” said Favors, who agreed to a three-year deal Friday worth about $27MM. “I made my career there, and I grew up in Utah. There were different teams that showed interest. But I wanted to make the best decision for myself and my family.”
Favors will return to a different role, Jones notes. He was a starter for most of his time in Utah, but he will be used primarily as a back-up center and power forward, though he may start some games against smaller teams. The Jazz had other options if they couldn’t sign Favors, Jones adds, including at least two players who were starters last season, but they couldn’t play both positions.
There’s more from the Northwest Division:
- The trade that will send Steven Adams to New Orleans removes the last link to the Thunder’s best seasons, notes Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman. Adams, who was set to make $27.5MM in the final year of his contract, was part of a four-team deal that will bring George Hill, Darius Miller and three draft picks to OKC.
- The Nuggets have an open roster spot after withdrawing their qualifying offer to Torrey Craig, and it will most likely be used to add a back-up big man, tweets Mike Singer of The Denver Post. Denver lost Mason Plumlee to Detroit on the first night of free agency. Top centers still available include Hassan Whiteside, Aron Baynes and Marc Gasol.
- University of Denver guard Ade Murkey will join the Timberwolves on an Exhibit 10 contract, tweets Bryan Kalbrosky of HoopsHype. Murkey averaged 18.6 points per game last season while shooting 40% from three-point range.