HoopsHype Derrick Favors rumors

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If you have to deal Harden in exchange for financial breathing room, the dream scenario is to land a sure-thing player in the beginning stages of his rookie deal. A big man trumps a guard. Presti likely started with Anthony Davis before mulling over names like Klay Thompson, Utah's young bigs (Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter), Bradley Beal, Jonas Valanciunas (with Jose Calderon's expiring deal), and maybe one or two others before landing on Houston.1 Thompson would have been an especially nice fit. It's not hard to argue the Thunder could survive the loss of Harden if in return they received an elite shooter capable of some ballhandling duties and at least average defense on the wing. Subtract Harden, and the Thunder don't have much outside shooting on the floor at once; spacing can become an issue for them. Grantland

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He literally wants his time to get here sooner rather than later. "I want to play more than what I played last year," Favors admitted. "If it's starting, cool. If it's coming off the bench, cool. I don't mind. I just want to play more. I don't want to sit on the bench no more." Deseret News

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Anthony Davis is reportedly the latest player to suffer an injury that will keep him out of the London Olympics, seemingly opening the possibility that the Jazz's Derrick Favors could be selected to replace him on the 12-man roster for Team USA as it seeks to defend its gold medal. However, a close with direct knowledge of the situation told The Salt Lake Tribune that it's “highly unlikely.” Sulia

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Fear not, Jazz fans. GM Kevin O'Connor is exploring ways to move up in the draft. They have the Warriors' pick in 2013 (top-six-protected) and veterans like Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Devin Harris, and they might even be willing to add another young player (as long as you don't ask for Derrick Favors or Enes Kanter). The question is, how high can they go? Their presumed target is Weber State's Lillard. They need a point guard and know him better than any team in the league. But if they could get higher and get an even better prospect, they would. They like Beal and Kidd-Gilchrist a lot, too. ESPN.com

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NBA Scout on Derrick Favors "I think he is growing, he has a ways to go. He has a presence on the floor, he is a big body at the rim on both ends, he can challenge shots, he doesn't block every shot but people know that he is there. He is physical. I think he is still growing into his body. He is young he is going to put on more muscle. If he can keep the quickness with the weight he puts on he will get better and better." More from the Scout - Read more › Sulia

April 15, 2012 Updates

Favors grew up on the cruel streets of Atlanta. From an early age, basketball came naturally to him, and he looked like he would have some kind of future in the game. That potential, along with the firm guidance of his mother, Deandra, put him on a safer path toward success and avoiding the traps of the difficult environs around him. "It was a tough neighborhood," he says. "My mom didn’t want me to get in trouble. She had a belt. She whipped me. She set me straight. She did a good job of that." As time went by, he says he developed something within that has served him well: "common sense." Salt Lake Tribune

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After struggling amid trade rumors last season — Favors’ name was prominently featured in the Nets’ pursuit of Carmelo Anthony — the 20 -year-old forward has blossomed into a more mature and more effective player. He’s averaging 8.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in only 20 minutes per contest. “That [trade] stuff kind of messes with you mentally,” said Favors, who had four points. “So just being in a place where I can settle down helped me out a lot … knowing I’m at a place that wants me and just having fun with my teammates.” Bergen Record

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Derrick Favors is learning the hard way that some actions in the NBA have costly consequences. The second-year Utah Jazz player was ejected late in the third quarter of Thursday's 94-91 loss against Dallas after he threw a basketball. On Saturday, the NBA threw a $25,000 fine right back at Favors for the incident. In a statement, Stu Jackson, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, announced the hefty penalty, which accompanies "throwing a ball into the spectator stands." Deseret News

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