Wednesday, July 28

Derrick Favors agrees to three-year deal with Jazz – The Athletic

Derrick Favors felt his phone buzz. He looked at the screen and saw it was the Utah Jazz. He answered his scheduled free-agency meeting with the team he spent the bulk of his career with, and he listened. On the other end was Jazz VP Dennis Lindsey, head coach Quin Snyder and general manager Justin Zanik.

Favors valued his time with the New Orleans Pelicans. He was traded there by the Jazz in the summer of 2019, when Utah went on a free-agency spree that included signing Bojan Bogdanovic and trading for point guard Mike Conley. He fit in well in New Orleans, as a starter on the floor and as a mainstay veteran in a youthful locker room. At the same time, Favors missed the Jazz. He missed the relationships he built over almost a decade. He missed being coached by Snyder, who had gained his respect and trust.

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To be truthful, the Utah Jazz missed Favors, too. They missed his toughness.

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