Derrick Favors a Target of Warriors?
ST. GEORGE, UT—2:24 PM—ESPN’s Joe Kaiser has recently reported that Utah’s Derrick Favors could potentially be a trade priority of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors after the 2013-14 season ends. He notes, in regard to a piece by Bradford Doolittle (ESPN), that the Jazz power forward could fill a need for the Warriors should free-agent-to-be Andrew Bogut bolt for a new team. The supposed trade asset that might pry Favors away from his home is sharp-shooter Klay Thompson, a 6’7″ shooting guard out of Washington State who is one of the premier three-point shooters in the NBA.
Keep in mind that Jazz shooting guard Alec Burks was selected with the twelfth overall pick in the 2011 draft, whereas Klay Thompson was selected eleventh—just a spot higher. Thompson has had the opportunity in Golden State to play significant minutes, whereas Burks has only been able to show flashes of his slashing and scoring prowess with Utah.
Even though they are completely different players, and even though Klay is more proven, the difference in essential value between them isn’t enough to warrant giving up franchise cornerstone Derrick Favors, a former third-overall pick. Jazz fans can rest easy, because the Warriors would have to assemble an absurd amount of proven talent and assets to have a chance at Derrick Favors.
As for the gap in minutes, and performance, between Klay Thompson and Alec Burks should close this season, with the Jazz almost 99 percent likely to insert a young starting core of Trey Burke, PG, Alec Burks, SG, Gordon Hayward, SF, Derrick Favors, PF, and Enes Kanter, C.
We’ll see how quickly the conversation turns regarding Alec Burks and Klay Thompson, two shooting guards who will be forever linked as the eleventh- and twelfth-overall picks in the 2011 NBA Draft.
As for Derrick Favors—he can have a target on his back as much as other teams want to put their cross-hairs there. But he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
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