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Report: Ed Davis agrees to 2-year, $10 million deal with Utah

Ed Davis

The Utah Jazz have already found a replacement for Derrick Favors. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, big man Ed Davis has agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Jazz in free agency.

Davis averaged 5.8 points and 8.6 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game for the Brooklyn Nets last season, shooting a career-high 61.6 percent from the field. Still just 29, he’s already played for five teams in his nine-year career, a circuitous path that fails to reflect just how beloved he is as a teammate and the niche he’s carved out as one of the league’s most reliable reserve big men.

Davis isn’t nearly the offensive player Favors is, limited to finishing dump-offs in the paint and serving as a pick-and-roll dive man. He’s a nuanced, canny screener, though, and in recent years began showing increased comfort finding teammates after catching the ball in space. Most importantly, Davis is among the best rebounders in basketball, relentlessly crashing the glass on both ends whenever he steps on the floor. He’s a solid backup for Rudy Gobert, especially at such a reasonable price tag.

The Jazz have staked their claim as championship contenders in the last 10 days, first addressing a long-time need by trading for Mike Conley and on Sunday agreeing to a four-year deal with Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic. Utah might not be preseason favorites in the Western Conference for 2019-20 depending on how the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers fare in free agency, but Quin Snyder’s team could have as good a chance as any to play in the NBA Finals regardless.