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Derrick Favors traded to Pelicans from Jazz

Derrick Favors, Pelicans, Jazz

The New Orleans Pelicans have traded for Utah Jazz big man Derrick Favors, according to Tony Jones of The Athletic.

While details of the trade were not specified, the Jazz are expected to get a combination of picks and multiple assets in the trade.

If finalized, it would be the second agreement for the Pelicans in the opening day of free agency.

New Orleans earlier agreed to a two-year deal worth $26.5 million with veteran shooting guard JJ Reddick. Favors and Reddick are expected to bring additional veteran presence to the young Pelicans squad, who are currently rebuilding their team around 2019 first overall pick Zion Williamson and former Los Angeles Lakers standouts Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart.

Favors has spent almost his entire nine-year career with the Jazz after getting traded from the New Jersey Nets midway through his rookie season. The 27-year-old started in 70 of the 76 games he played in last season, posting 11.8 points on top of 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

Favors will likely start with Williamson on the New Orleans’ front court. Earlier in the offseason, the Pelicans acquired Ball, Ingram, Hart and two first-round picks in the deal that sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers.