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Report: Derrick Favors agrees to three-year deal with Jazz

The free agent center is heading back to Utah on a deal worth close to $30 million.

New Orleans Pelicans center Derrick Favors warms up before an NBA game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center.  Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Favors spent last season with the New Orleans Pelicans but has decided to take his talents elsewhere. The big man has ended his free agency by agreeing to a three-year deal with the Utah Jazz worth around $30 million. He fell between the cracks as the Pelicans’ sixth option on offense but will get a chance to assert himself as a scoring threat in a new environment.

Favors only averaged 9 points per game last season and often flirted with double-doubles by tallying 9.8 rebounds per game. He should be able to contribute more as a scorer with the Jazz and his size give him great defensive upside that can keep him on the court. Whether the 29-year old can get back on track alongside Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell remains to be seen.

This deal is likely so that Favors can go back to where he’s played most of his career. Favors averaged 12.1 points and 7.4 rebounds over nine seasons with the Jazz. Favors can go back to Utah and back up Gobert, plus the veteran provides some insurance if the Jazz deal with injuries. Utah also brought back G Jordan Clarkson on a four-year, $52 million deal, per reports.