For the past few weeks all the talk about the Utah Jazz have been about who the next coach will be, and what are they going to do with the fifth overall pick in the NBA Draft. Therefore, let’s take a break from those discussions and take a look back at the 2013-14 season and review how Derrick Favors handled it being the main man in Utah.
Summer of 2013
During the 2012-13 season Favors was backing up Utah’s pair of big men in Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. He was playing about 23 minutes a game and was improving little by little from the previous season. Then the Jazz had to make a decision on whether to sign Jefferson, Millsap, or both to long-term contracts, as both players were heading into free agency. Utah also had Favors coming off the bench, showing some improvement in the little time he was getting on the floor. They decided to let both Jefferson and Millsap walk away from the team and sign elsewhere, allowing them to put their focus on the very young Favors, who turned 22 in July.
After committing to Favors by letting the other big men walk, the Jazz gave him a four-year extension for just less than $47 million. This extension will keep Favors in a Jazz uniform until 2018 as the first year of the contract begins this season. Now Favors could have gotten more money in this contract by signing a max five-year deal like some of the other 2010 draft class. However, Favors had only started eight games last year and had never averaged double digits in points or rebounds for a season. Therefore, the Jazz did not feel comfortable giving Favors a max deal and Favors had not yet earned that type of deal. In the end this four-year extension was a good compromise for both the team and the player.