NBA rumors: Firesale in Utah?

Sam Amick on Utah: “Listen, my understanding of Utah’s situation is that they’re as much of an open shop as there is in the league right now. Whether it’s Derrick Favors or Rodney Hood or even Ricky Rubio, they want to turn the page. They want to maximize Rudy Gobert’s prime. … Utah is going to look at everything right now. They obviously don’t feel like they have their core and they’re trying to figure things out. But yeah, I think Rodney gets moved. I think Derrick will draw decent interest. And the Rubio one, I didn’t know what to make of it. But if they are truly open to parting ways with Ricky, I think he’d have a good market too.”

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Utah’s trip to Philips Arena Monday to face the Atlanta Hawks came at just the right time as Favors is rumored to be on the trading block. “It’s always great to come back to Atlanta. I love it,” Favors said. “It’s just a relief from everything. Just being out of Utah, going through the season. Going through the trade rumors and stuff, it’s just a relief to come back to see family, see your friends, see your support system, to be back in Atlanta, which I love being in. It feels great.”
That being said, Jazz players acknowledge they have to be better at tuning out the outside chatter. If anything, the Jazz want to use the uncertainty to galvanize them. Favors said he’s taken to creating diversions for himself. He plays video games. He watches television. He tries to stay off social media. “We can’t pay attention to it,” Favors said. “We have to let them do all of the talking, the reporters, the fans, the people on twitter. We can’t pay attention to it. We see it. Everyone has their trade ideas. But for me, I try not to pay attention. If [a trade happens] it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I’m going to play hard regardless.”
NBA players are usually adept in tuning out rumors. They know it comes with the territory. There’s a business side to playing in the league and they know it. Social media? Outside chatter? It usually doesn’t bother them. For the Jazz, it has been a little more difficult. With the NBA’s trade deadline three weeks away, Utah’s roster could change — perhaps dramatically — in the near future. Derrick Favors knows he may be traded soon. Alec Burks, Joe Johnson, and even Rodney Hood, have all been identified as possible trade pieces in recent reports. The uncertainty, the injuries, the losing have taken a toll. The Jazz locker room has not been an especially happy place in recent weeks, and some of that unhappiness has seeped onto the floor. Simply, it’s tough to have multiple players on a team mentioned in trade talk and not have a residual effect.
That being said, Jazz players acknowledge they have to be better at tuning out the outside chatter. If anything, the Jazz want to use the uncertainty to galvanize them. Derrick Favors said he’s taken to creating diversions for himself. He plays video games. He watches television. He tries to stay off social media. “We can’t pay attention to it,” Favors said. “We have to let them do all of the talking, the reporters, the fans, the people on twitter. We can’t pay attention to it. We see it. Everyone has their trade ideas. But for me, I try not to pay attention. If [a trade happens] it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I’m going to play hard regardless.”
After Wednesday’s shootaround in Sacramento the Atlanta, Georgia native said it’s not hard to tune out the gossip. He’s still a member of the Jazz at this point and it’s simple as that. Nothing else matters. “I just don’t pay attention to it,” Favors said. “I let everybody do their talking, the reporters, the fans, the Twitter people. I let them do all their talking. I really don’t pay attention to it.” Sure, he sees the trade scenarios. In this day and age, it’s hard not to notice what’s being said, with all the current updates and chatter right at your fingertips through smartphones. “I tune it out. I see it. Sometimes I am on Twitter or social media. I see it,” Favors said. “Everybody has their trade ideas, what should happen and this and that. So, I see it but I just don’t pay attention to it.
Andy Larsen: Mirotic can't be traded until Jan. 15, so despite y'all's conspiracy theories about why both he and Favors are out tonight, it isn't that. FWIW, I heard yesterday that Mirotic to Utah was more of a past-tense discussion that could be revisited rather than talks that are ongoing.
Stuck in their worst stretch of the season, the Jazz may be headed for a roster shakeup. The Salt Lake Tribune has confirmed that Utah is engaged in talks with the Chicago Bulls on a deal that would bring power forward Nikola Mirotic to Utah. Jazz forward Derrick Favors has been discussed as a potential piece that would go to Chicago, according to multiple sources.
The Jazz received several inquiries for Favors at the trade deadline last season, but never received an offer that enticed the franchise to move the 6-foot-10 big man. If a team decides to pursue a veteran and versatile frontcourt player still entering his prime, Favors is one of the market’s top options. He’s now in the last year of the four-year contract extension he signed in 2013 and has concrete value around the NBA as teams work to monitor his circumstances as the season progresses. But for now, Favors is determined to keep helping the Jazz. “I let my agent, Wallace Prather, talk to Utah and talk around the league, I just focus on myself,” he said. “I’m aware of the talks, and the value I have, but I just focus on the opportunity I have now, and I know I can help whichever team I’m playing on in this league. I’m not taking the opportunity in front of me for granted.”
Derrick Favors will be a free agent at the end of the season, and has already become the subject of speculation. He emphatically told The Salt Lake Tribune this week that he wants to remain with the Jazz long-term, but also knows the reality: He could be a trade asset for the Jazz as they rebuild in the wake of Gordon Hayward’s own free agency departure last summer. “The key is for me not to think about it,” Favors said. “I don’t read the articles. I don’t read twitter. I just don’t pay attention to it. I just have to understand that I can be here one day and gone the next. So I have to work hard while I’m here. I have to keep working on my game. And when I’m in the game, I just have to know that I’m not only playing for my team, but I’m showcasing my talent as well.”
"Utah's paid Rudy [Gobert] $100 million," Prather told The Tribune. "And Rudy deserves every cent of that contract. They are going to have to pay Gordon a max contract, and he deserves every cent. It's going to be difficult to commit to a $300 million dollar frontcourt.” “We're not upset at all," the agent added. "This is just the business side of things, and this is just the reality of where we're at."
Agent Wallace Prather does not anticipate his client Derrick Favors being traded before the deadline, based on Prathers' knowledge of the offers the Jazz have received. However, Prathers said he realizes that could change as the deadline approaches. Favors, 25, has had his production slip this season as he has dealt with a knee injury but remains a key piece for a Utah team preparing for a playoff berth.
Utah is all-in to keep Gordon Hayward, but they also need to shed some salary before their army of young players ink pricey new deals. They've tested the market for Derrick Favors over the last few weeks, according to several league sources; Favors hasn't been quite the same since coming back from injury, and Utah plays Favors and Rudy Gobert together for only 10 or 12 minutes per game.
It’s fair to expect the Jazz to gauge Millsap’s interest in a Utah homecoming once free agency opens up July 1, as a few have reported. But don’t make too much of reports that the Jazz could be looking to move forward Derrick Favors to make room for a Millsap return.
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