Favors Accepts Role On Rebuilding Squad

Derrick Favors didn’t expect to be traded to the rebuilding Thunder but he’s trying to make the most of the situation, as he told Tony Jones of The Athletic“At first, I was kind of confused,” Favors said. “I was caught off guard. But, I knew it was nothing personal. When I reflected on it from a business standpoint, I knew that something had to happen. I accepted it, and I’m in a great place.”

The Thunder were motivated to make the deal with the Jazz by adding another future first-rounder to their stockpile of picks. Favors scored just four points while grabbing nine rebounds against his former team on Wednesday. The Jazz put together a tribute video that was displayed during the first half, Sarah Todd of the Deseret News writes.