Should the Jazz extend Favors?
Derrick Favors has been a Jazz man since 2011. In that time he has given the Utah Jazz a solid outing getting better each year and showing more and more promise for the future. In the 2016-2017 season however, he has been plagued by a knee injury taking him out of more than 30 games. The constant game to game unknown of Favors health has been on the minds of every Utah fan, but the emergence of another young star has put busy minds at ease in Salt Lake.
I understand that this post is about Derrick Favors, but it is nearly impossible to talk about the future of Favors with the Jazz without also talking about Rudy Gobert. Rudy has taken on giant Gobert-like step this year putting up unbelievable defensive numbers as well as becoming a threat on the offensive side. As Rudy brought his intensity to the 81 regular season games he started in during the 2016-2017 season, the beckoning question of the health of Derrick Favors was pushed farther and farther back into Utah Jazz fans minds. If Rudy is just going to keep getting better what is the payoff in having a questionably healthy Derrick Favors around?
Derrick Favors is good. He is very good. I’d like to take a moment to remind you of this game. This is just last year when Favors absolutely tore up the Indiana Pacers. He has a few games of this caliber last season, but they seem just so long ago when we haven’t seen a 100% healthy favors all season. Now the Jazz have to weigh the benefit to the risk of keeping Favors.
This off season for the Utah Jazz will be a big one. With the looming questions of big names on the roster such as Hayward, Hill, and Ingles the Utah Jazz front office will have to make some tough decisions. As a fan, I understand that it will be next to impossible to keep all the parts of this team intact for next year and I’m glad I’m not the one that will have to make the final decision. I have trusted the front office up until this point and it has produced a product I’m more than happy with.
Favors won’t be in Utah for the long term. There has been just too many great players to come to Utah this season and with Favors being unsure game to game another team will gladly take that risk on him. In Utah though, we are starting to see what we have. The Jazz are cutting the fat off the steak to build for the future and one of the juiciest parts we have to say goodbye to is Derrick Favors. A solid NBA player who will make another franchise extremely happy.