Most believed (or at least I did) that the Utah Jazz would let one of either Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap walk, not both. However, when they did that this summer it was a clear sign that it was the Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter show in Utah. The Jazz then proceeded to take it one further.
On Friday night, it was reported that the Jazz and Favors had agreed on a lucrative contract extension.
[via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!]
Derrick Favors has reached agreement on a four-year, $49 million-plus contract extension with the Utah Jazz, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The deal includes bonus incentives that could push the package well over $50 million, sources said. …
With ideal size at 6-foot-10 and 250 pounds, and merely the age of a college senior, Favors could’ve commanded a $13 million annual salary from several teams in restricted free agency next summer, executives told Yahoo Sports.
Last season, Favors averaged 9.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocked shots in 23.2 minutes per game. Not bad, with starters minutes that should balloon up a bit, as well.
Favors has improved in each of his first four seasons in the league and I’m betting that he’ll be better this season, too. During this preseason he has averaged about seven points and 11 rebounds per game. Again, that’s in limited minutes.
Let’s just hope the Jazz know what they’re doing.