Derrick Favors asked Jazz to trade him to New Orleans
One note on Derrick Favors: New Orleans was his preferred destination when it became clear he had to move on. The Jazz did their best to accommodate that when that was communicated to them. Good business on both sides
— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) July 17, 2019
The Jazz granted this request by Favors, as he was traded to the Pelicans a couple of weeks ago. The nine-year veteran spent almost his entire career with the team and although he wasn’t able to lead them to a championship, he was absolutely one of the reasons why they’ve been a playoff contender over the past couple of seasons.
Now, Favors will usher in a new era in his career by joining the Pelicans, a team with an intriguing roster filled with solid veterans and promising young players. New Orleans is also expected to contend for the playoffs with a roster that will be led by Jrue Holiday and this year’s first overall pick, Zion Williamson.
Although the consensus is that Favors will be a mentor to the Pelicans’ young big men, he is also expected to play a key role in their postseason push next season.
Favors put up 11.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks last season, giving the Jazz a top-notch rim protector and a reliable post scorer.
Oh the other hand, the Jazz are already poised to contend for a championship next season after acquiring valuable pieces in free agency. The sad part is Favors, who has been with them since 2011, will not be a part of their plans.
Still, the Jazz and Favors remain in good terms, and the trade was a good business decision that can help both of them next season and beyond.