The Utah Jazz have wisely decided to lock up power forward Derrick Favors for the next four seasons.
According to Chris Broussard, the deal is worth just over $49 million, and includes incentives that could escalate the contract’s value to well over $50 million.
The three-year veteran would have become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season if he and the Jazz failed to reach an extension by the October 31st deadline.
Favors, 22-years-old, is set to replace Paul Millsap as the Jazz’s full-time starting power forward, something that has many around the league buzzing with excitement.
The former third overall pick, joins Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter in forming a talented young core that is brimming with potential.Utah also added point guard Trey Burke into the fold at July’s draft.
The Favors-Kanter pairing has achieved success defensively, where the duo finished 2012-13 with a defensive rating of 98.3 – per nba.com. However, Utah’s young bigs have failed to mesh at the offensive end, where despite the two’s individual talent, particularly Favors’, they shot 37.9 percent from the paint – nba.com.
The pairing could run a very effective high-low game. That is if Favors can improve his mid-range shooting from the 30.8 percent he shot last season, as well as his passing.
But the talented young big will now be playing starters minutes, and despite playing with a rookie point guard, has a prime opportunity to make tremendous strides on both ends of the floor.
Utah, has made a wise investment.