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Report: Jazz trading Derrick Favors, first-rounder to Thunder

Derrick Favors in Jazz-Thunder

May 14, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors (15) dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Svi Mykhailiuk (14) and center Tony Bradley (13) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

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The Jazz were reportedly open to trading starter Bojan Bogdanovic or part-time starter Joe Ingles to clear salary.

This stings much less for a team trying to win now.

Utah will trade Derrick Favors with a first-round pick to the Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Surrendering a first-round pick obviously isn’t ideal for Utah. But Favors is due $9,720,900 next season and $10,183,800 the following year (player option). That’s the cost of unloading his contract. If that makes the Jazz’s luxury-tax bill tolerable enough to re-sign Mike Conley, it’s worth it.

Favors’ effectiveness waned in the playoffs. Backup center is the most easily addressable rotation spot. Utah can find someone better and cheaper than Favors, Maybe last year’s first-round pick, Udoka Azubuike, will be ready for the rotation.

The Thunder get yet another first-round pick. Not trying to win now, they can easily absorb Favors’ salary. This is an easy and good trade for them.