Report: Lakers interested in Jazz big man Derrick Favors
The Los Angeles Lakers will be keeping a close eye on Utah Jazz big man Derrick Favors, according to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News. Favors will be one of the many offseason targets for a franchise that has missed the playoffs for six straight seasons.
Favors’ $16.9 million contract for 2019-20 is non-guaranteed until July 6, so there’s a decision to make about that coming up.
Favors is a utility man who can play power forward due to his versatility as a spot-up mid-range shooter, or an undersized center at 6-foot-10, with enough bulk to hold his own against larger, more athletic bigs.
The 27-year-old saw his minutes take a slight dip in the playoffs, as his style of play wasn’t the best suited for their series against the Houston Rockets.
Yet Favors made the most of his time on the floor, shooting 50% or better in each of his five playoff games and averaging 11.8 points and 7.4 rebounds — numbers exactly consistent with his regular-season averages, despite playing three fewer minutes per game.
Favors started 70 of his 76 games in the regular season, but he played the least amount of minutes since becoming a starter in Utah, despite shooting the best percentage of his career (58.6%).
The Lakers could use an enforcer of his kind, but it’s unclear if they would consider him a starter or a bench cog.