Jazz bring back Derrick Favors on three-year contract

The Utah Jazz faced a need to find an answer for frontcourt depth and it appears they turned to a familiar player to get it done— Derrick Favors will be returning to the organization.

According to The Athletic’s Tony Jones, the Jazz agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract with the Jazz. Initially, he maintained contact with both Utah and the New Orleans Pelicans but opted to sign with the Jazz.

It seems like a steep price for the Jazz to pay for Favors when considering he is not much of a shooting threat. Perhaps they view this as a potential contingency plan in the event they do not want to give a massive contract extension to Rudy Gobert in the near future.

The most likely scenario for Favors appears to be a return to the backup center role behind Gobert. He thrived in this situation before the Jazz decided to trade him to the Pelicans but for the price, it wasn’t justifiable to keep him.

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The Pelicans were best suited to move on from Favors this NBF offseason when considering his fit alongside Zion Williamson. While New Orleans was effective with him on the court, Favors’ inability to space the floor prevents him from being an optimal fit alongside Williamson.

During the 2019-20 NBA season, Derrick Favors provided the New Orleans Pelicans with averages of 9.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists. He will look to return as a key contributor to the Utah Jazz.

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