Welcome to the offseason, NBA fans. Now that the Finals are over and the Golden State Warriors are the champions of the league again, it’s time to look ahead. That means we’ll be breaking down free agent profiles all week.
And while we’ll get to the big fish next week, it’s all about the positional breakdowns this week. Starting tomorrow, that is. Monday brought us our restricted free agents. We already tackled centers earlier in the day. Now it’s all about power forwards…
Derrick Favors is a center. The entire NBA seems to know that except for Derrick Favors. While that will severely impact his long-term career prospects, it does give Utah a bit of an advantage in the short-term. The Jazz need to compete in 2019 in order to lure a max free agent that summer. Keeping Favors will help them do that. Utah is the only team that will be willing to pay Favors any meaningful sum of money to play power forward. It isn’t exactly optimal considering the spacing issues it presents, but the Jazz made the second round last season doing it. A one-year pact at around $10 million seems like a nice compromise for both sides. Favors gets to stay at his preferred position. The Jazz win a few extra games next season without sacrificing their flexibility.