Score - The Phoenix Suns are hoping to pounce on a buy-low opportunity.
The Utah Jazz are testing the market for power forward Derrick Favors and they have a suitor in the Suns, sources told Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.
Favors has struggled since undergoing knee surgery. The 25-year-old is averaging 9.2 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 46.9 percent from the field - down from the 16.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 52.1 percent shooting he posted in the two seasons prior.
Derrick Favors was once considered the hottest big man commodity in the NBA when he arrived as a teenager, but his career has hit a plateau in Utah where he is a part of a very crowded frontcourt with players who essentially does what he does but better. A change of scenery would be great, and coupling him with Tyson Chandler would give him a mentor within the team he can aspire towards.
I like the move for one reason. Utah will be presumably dishing away a piece that is excess to requirement in exchange for help in the backcourt or at small forward. If they do this, they set themselves up for a win-now and win-later situation with the youth and depth they have on the roster.