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Report: Jazz’s Derrick Favors currently not on the table in Mike Conley trade talks with Grizzlies

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The Utah Jazz are reportedly not putting big man Derrick Favors on the table in Mike Conley trade talks with the Memphis Grizzlies at the moment, according to Tony Jones of The Athletic.

The Jazz are reportedly the front runners to acquire Conley this summer. The Grizzlies are expected to draft Murray State point guard Ja Morant with the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, which is this Thursday.

Favors signed a two-year, $37.6 million deal with the Jazz last summer. His salary of $16 million for 2019-20 is non-guaranteed.

This past season, Favors averaged 11.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 76 regular season games while shooting 58.6 percent from the field, 21.8 percent from beyond the arc and 67.5 percent from the free-throw line. The 27-year-old recorded 15 double-doubles.

The Jazz were 46-30 when Favors was in the lineup. Utah lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 2019 playoffs in five games.

Utah almost acquired Conley from the Grizzlies at the February trade deadline. All signs point toward the team letting Ricky Rubio walk in free agency, so there’s some urgency for them to acquire a veteran point guard.

The Jazz also need another dynamic scorer like Conley next to shooting guard Donovan Mitchell. It will be interesting to see if Utah ends up putting Favors on the table if Memphis is adamant on wanting him in a potential deal involving Conley.