HoopsHype Derrick Favors rumors

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A fifth year center, Favors scored a career-high 32 points and added nine rebounds and two blocked shots to that total. Small forward Gordon Hayward was almost equally as good, scoring 24 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and handing out three assists. They were without question the two best players on the floor. On a young team that still features a bunch of questions, Favors and Hayward looked like potential all-stars - if only for one night. "What Favors did tonight from a leadership perspective was outstanding," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "I thought Gordon was also terrific. Derrick’s line obviously stands out at you, but Gordon was almost as good. Those two guys - from a leadership standpoint - they just connected tonight." Salt Lake Tribune

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While in Southern California for a preseason road trip, Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward had a chance to reunite with perhaps the most popular Utah Jazz teammate they’ve ever had. And it happened, of all places, on the set of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." The two Utah players were invited to participate in a five-minute segment featuring JP Gibson, the 5-year-old with leukemia who signed a one-day contract with the Jazz last week. The family didn't know the players were going to surprise them and be part of the show, which aired Thursday afternoon. Deseret News

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But heading into his fifth season, the Jazz big man knows that he needs to expand his offensive game and continue to evolve into a defensive and rebounding force at the other end of the floor. To that end, Favors’ off-season has been dedicated to expanding the range on his jumper, adding moves with his back to the basket and losing weight. Favors is expected to play center in Snyder’s new offense. Largely gone are the days of him occupying the low post. Much of his time will be spent playing pick-and-roll basketball with the guards. "When I was younger, I would try to dunk on everyone," Favors said. "But I know that’s not possible all the time." Salt Lake Tribune

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Jody Genessy: Haven't been able to confirm @Joe Kotoch report that Jazz are in talks with Cavs to send #5 pick, Derrick Favors to Cavs for #1 pick. Derrick Favors' camp hadn't heard that the center is rumored to be included in a possible trade between the Jazz and Cavaliers. Twitter @DJJazzyJody

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Tony Jones: With that thinking, Jazz FO man Walt Perrin is confident that Noah Vonleh can come in and play along side Favors, with no issues. Even if Vonleh isn't a starter, FO thinks he can come in and instantly make the Jazz' regular rotation because of rebounding and defense Twitter @Tjonessltrib

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