According to Tony Jones of The Athletic, the Jazz — who traded Favors to the Pelicans in the summer of 2019 — also have an interest in reuniting with the skilled forward.
Obviously, there is significant Derrick Favors speculation here. Here’s the deal. There is mutual interest. Favors would not mind a return to Utah, even if it means coming off the bench as Gobert’s primary backup. But, at this point, that’s all it is … interest.
The Jazz have to decide whether Favors would be the right place to spend their most significant chunk of offseason money, especially considering finding a 3-and-D wing is of greater priority. Favors will have multiple suitors on the market, including his incumbent team, the New Orleans Pelicans. So, there’s a lot that can happen between now and the opening of free agency.
Favors has played in 576 games with the Jazz franchise. He was part of the blockbuster Deron Williams trade with the New Jersey Nets in February of 2011.
Utah lost to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2020 playoffs in seven games despite holding a 3-1 series lead. The Jazz could possibly sign Favors using their mid-level exception once the 2020 free agency period begins.
Favors appeared in 51 games in 2019-20 for the Pelicans, averaging 9.0 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting 61.7 percent from the field in 24.4 minutes per contest.
The 29-year-old Favors was beloved by his Jazz teammates, so it will be fascinating to see if Utah's front office brings him back into the fold.