Northwest Notes: Favors, Thunder, KAT, Nnaji

Jazz reserve center Derrick Favors didn’t need much convincing around before deciding to return to Utah, per Eric Walden of the Salt Lake City Tribune.

“I just came to the decision: ‘You know what, man? It feels better going back to Utah,’” Favors said in a Wednesday afternoon Zoom conversation. “Utah is like a second home to me — I’ve been there since I was 19, [since] around 2010. It just felt right. So once they came with the opportunity, I jumped on it.” 

Favors inked a three-year, $27MM contract with the Jazz to back up All-Star center Rudy Gobert at the start of free agency. Favors previously spent 8.5 seasons with Utah before being dealt to the Pelicans last season. He averaged 9.0 PPG, 9.8 RPG, and 0.9 BPG in 24.4 MPG during the 2019/20 season.

There’s more out of the Northwest Division:

  • Besides Maurice Cheeks, who already left for a job with the Bulls, Brian Keefe and Vin Bhavnani are the only Thunder assistants not returning to be part of Mark Daigneault‘s new coaching staff, notes Joe Mussatto of the Oklahoman. The Thunder previously announced Daigneault’s group, which will include former Knicks interim coach Mike Miller.
  • The Timberwolves are playing a delicate balancing act, as they strive to keep star center Karl-Anthony Towns happy while taking pains to improve the team’s roster long-term, as Jim Souhan of the Minnesota Star Tribune details.
  • New Nuggets rookie forward Zeke Nnaji hopes to become a lockdown defender in Denver, Sean Keeler of the Denver Post reports. “My ultimate goal is to be able to guard one through five consistently,” the 19-year-old out of Arizona said. “I want to be a lockdown defender no matter who I’m guarding. But the biggest thing right now is working on that three through five and just being versatile, no matter what role I’m playing.”
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8 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Favors, Thunder, KAT, Nnaji

  1. Sillivan

    Wolves field goal
    Low efficient key offensive players
    DLo 42%
    Edwards 40%
    DLo replaces Wiggins
    Edwards replaces Covington

    Low offensive efficient players to replace defense

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Favors is overpaid to me. Minny has talent. Can they put it together and contend. Butler was right about them. And Edwards who is very talented. Comes with some of that same baggage. Not totally committed. Worth watching.

  3. hiflew

    Minnesota needs to start scouting other big market teams now, because the same thing that happened with Anthony Davis will happen with KAT. I’m thinking it will end up being the Knicks because they will have a similar collection of high draft picks that probably haven’t panned out yet by the time KAT needs to be traded.

    RJ Barrett, Mitch Robinson, Obi Toppin, and a handful of future first and pick swaps would be a similar package to the one the Lakers gave up for Davis. Maybe a bit lighter, but KAT is a bit a bit lighter than Davis as well.

    Of course for that to happen, NY would have to convince Giannis or Kawhi to sign there first and be the star player that gets the deal done.

      • hiflew

        Don’t be sorry, just wait a little bit, then you’ll see it.

        The Knicks are collecting Wildcats like stamps or coins. The big acquisition might not need to be Giannis or Kawhi. It could be something like taking on John Wall’s deal.

  4. masisk33

    I was always worried about Edwards low low FG% as a FROSH. Will it be Wiggins 2.0?

    But he looks way different than Wiggins. He is muscular. Wiggs isnt. He is also still growing. Wiggs isnt. Edwards has a chance to get better, whereas Wiggs proved he will proabbly never improve beyond being a high volume scorer without much else to offer.

    So, again, the potential is there with Edwards. While the potential for Wiggins has waned every year.

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