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Jazz’s Derrick Favors Talks About Pending Free Agency

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Utah Jazz forward Derrick Ravors has spent the past 7 1/2 seasons playing for the Jazz and now he prepares for free agency and the possibility that he could leave Utah.

“I’ve been there for eight years, so I’m pretty much comfortable with it,” Favors said, in an interview with The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears.

“I’ve seen a lot of things. I’ve been to a lot of great places. The fan base is incredible. People down South and people in general don’t know much about Salt Lake City, Utah. They think it is just a boring town and they have no desire to go there. But I tell my friends and those who ask me, it is not as bad as you probably think it is. There are things to do there. There are good people there. Good restaurants. Good places to go.

“You just have to find stuff to do with whatever you like. And if you don’t like it, Vegas is not too far. You can catch a flight or drive to Vegas. I treat Utah, especially in the summertime, as my relaxing spot to get away from noise or to get peace of mind. I go to Utah to chill, relax and enjoy the scenery and what Utah has to offer. I am a guy who likes to sit on the patio and enjoy life and quiet time. In the summer, it is beautiful out there with the mountains. I go out there to meditate and enjoy the quiet time because it is not a fast-paced city, fast-energy like New York. You just chill out and relax.”

Favors will have a hard time parting ways with the Jazz, as he states his love of the team, ownership, management, coaching staff and his teammates.

However, Favors knows it’s in his best interest to explore free agency.

“I’m definitely excited about being a free agent for the first time and pretty much getting a chance to control my own destiny,” Favors said. “I’m just trying to find the right situation that makes sense for me as a player. Be in the right spot. Get a chance to showcase my talent. Get a chance to showcase what I can do. I’m just focused on finding the right situation that is the right fit for me.”

As far as the free agency process goes, Favors prefers meetings as opposed to phone conversations with prospective teams.

“I don’t think you get a really good feel over the phone,” Favors said. “I’d rather be face-to-face in a meeting, ask questions and kind of figure stuff out.”

Favors is coming off a season where he averaged 12.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for a Jazz team that is on the rise in the Western Conference.

“It was a great season for me,” Favors said. “I think I exceeded a lot of expectations in a sense. I know there was a lot of question of how I would come back after the season before being injured a lot and with the way they are playing now basically with [small forward] at [power forward]. People wondered if I could guard the perimeter. I know there was a lot of question on whether me and Rudy could fit offensively. I know I went out and proved a lot of people wrong.

“I didn’t have the best stats because I had to sacrifice a lot. In terms of basketball, I exceeded a lot of expectations.”

While he has love for the team Favors knows that it’s a business.

“I really do enjoy being out there,” Favors said. “I enjoyed all of my teammates. I enjoy the organization, the front office and the coaching staff. I love everything about Utah.

“It is definitely a business. There might be a situation where I do have to leave. It would be tough. But you have to put yourself in the right situation, because the teams are going to do that for themselves, too. You just have to find the right situation.”

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Jazz Exercise Third-year Option on Donovan Mitchell

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The Utah Jazz have officially exercised their third year option on shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, the team officially announced on Wednesday via a press release.

With the option, Mitchell will make $3.1 million this season and $3.6 million next year.

Mitchell is a budding superstar in the laeague after an incredible rookie season in which he posted 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game and was the runner up for the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

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Jazz Dante Exum Hopes To Play in All 82 Games After Extension

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The Utah Jazz ensured that guard Dante Exum will remain with the team for the future after inking the Aussie to a three-year, $33 million contract extension earlier this summer, and Exum is looking to do more for his team now that his future is settled.

“I wanna play 82,” Exum said, according to Olgun Uluc of FOX Sports Australia. “I played 82 in my first season. That’s 100 percent my No. 1 goal. I think, just being given that opportunity to play 82, I’m going to earn my minutes, earn my time, and be in one of those critical roles where I can have a major impact.

“Not just an impact; a major impact on a team. I want to be that guy on at the end of the game, and even taking the last shot. I think that’s a goal I’ve definitely set for myself, and expect myself to make.”

Exum played in only 14 games in 2017-2018 season.

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Jazz Sign Isaac Haas

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The Utah Jazz have signed center Isaac Haas, who played for the Jazz in Summer League this past July, although no terms of the deal were disclosed in the initial announcement, according to the team’s official website.

Haas made an impression during Summer League play totaling 15 points, 19 rebounds, and three blocks over four games in Las Vegas. Haas spent four years playing at Purdue and earned All-Big Ten Third team honors during his senior season.

Utah now have 19 players under contract, with one spot remaining on their offseason roster.

 

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