Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors has had a nice but not stellar NBA career. He came over from New Jersey in the trade that sent Deron Williams out of Utah--and the Jazz into a perpetual spin-out that resulted in Kevin O’Connor being relieved of his duties as general manager as Dennis Lindsey came over from San Antonio to take his place.
It is time for Lindsey to reprise his role of used car salesman once again--and trade Favors as reported to the Cleveland Cavaliers for their No. 1 pick at the 2014 NBA Draft--presumably for Duke star Jabari Parker. After all, that’s why the Jazz brought Lindsey here from the Spurs--so that they could see how a small market team actually puts the pieces together to win championships.
Not long after Lindsey started wheeling and dealing, the same fate that happened to O’Connor took place for Tyrone Corbin -- who was also relieved of his duties (read: fired in a nice way) as Jazz head coach. In other words, Favors is part of that rebuilding process which Jazz fans--and frankly, Jazz brass--would now like to forget ever happened.
Favors is part of a murky team experiment that before Lindsey arrived brought not only Favors but also Devin Harris, a journeyman NBA point guard who was supposed to have been the team’s answer to Deron--but wasn’t. And before long, Harris was also sent packing--yet Favors remained, he of that 14 point, 9 rebound career scoring average.
Favors will never be an All-Star in Utah. In fact, he may never be an All-Star in the NBA--but don’t tell that to Paul Millsap, who took his double-double scoring and rebounding average to Atlanta and in his first year in the city became an All-Star.
Here are five reasons Favors should be traded for the No.1 pick.