Jan 2, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders (8) defends against Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Utah Jazz To Trade Derrick Favors, Fifth Pick?


Reading the headline of this article alone would make a lot of Utah Jazz fans gasp. However, with the NBA Draft coming up one week from today, a lot of NBA Draft rumors have been floating around, and earlier this week, another rumor involving the Jazz came about.

The Jazz are rumored to be wanting to trade up at least to the number two overall pick, in hopes of drafting one of the top talents. To be able to do that would cost the Jazz a hefty price, and according to Chad Ford of ESPN, that could include a package around Derrick Favors.

Q: How much do you think the Jazz would be willing to give up for the second spot to likely land Parker?

Chad Ford: I think it would cost them, at a minimum, Derrick Favors and the No. 5 pick. And they’d have to take back Larry Sanders. The Sanders contract isn’t a bad one if you think this year’s issues off the court have been resolved. He’s a great shot blocker and rebounder. But that’s a pretty high cost to move up.

Sanders had some off the court issues last season that made him seem a bit like a nutcase. However, as Ford pointed out, when he plays hard, he truly is a great shot blocker and a fantastic rebounder. If he can keep his head on his shoulders, he is actually a very good player. However, I am not sure if Jazz fans would rather have Sanders over Favors. Although, in ways, they sometimes look like similar players. I would still give the leg up to Derrick, though.

Also part of Ford’s chat, he was asked another question regarding the Jazz’s focus. As Jazz fans, we’ve liked and wanted Jabari Parker for quite some time, most of Jazz fans anyways. However, have we looked past some of the other talent?

Q: Any truth to the rumor that the Jazz have zeroed in on Jabari?

Chad Ford: I know what Jazz fans want. They want Jabari. But I actually think Embiid and Wiggins may be higher on their boards. If they move up, don’t assume it’s for Parker. And please Jazz fans, don’t burn down Dennis Lindsay’s home if he passed on him. You’ll love Wiggins too.

I’m a big fan of Parker, but I also think that Andrew Wiggins can be a future All-Star in the NBA. The big difference between Parker and Wiggins, is that Wiggins is a much better defensive player, which would actually fit into what the Jazz are trying to do better than Parker. However, Philadelphia is rumored to try and do anything possible to land Wiggins, so if you want him, you’ll have to beat them to the punch.

Does this trade with Milwaukee make sense?

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Tags: Andrew Wiggins Derrick Favors Jabari Parker Larry Sanders NBA NBA Draft Utah Jazz

  • Bobby Postma

    I don’t know how I would feel about this honest. Both players are beasts and play very big. I wouldn’t mind either one

    • Cody Powers

      I’m back and forth on it. If Sanders plays up to his potential, it could be a great thing for the Jazz. You have to ask yourself who is more likely to change the franchise around? Favors or Wiggins? If the answer is Favors, then don’t make the deal. If the answer is Wiggins, then that might be a route the Jazz have to take to get to where they want to go IMO.

      • Bobby Postma

        So either one I think will be alright

  • tck62

    Why not include Kanter instead and take back Jason Richardson’s $6.6 Million dead weight one year contract instead ?

    • Cody Powers

      Only reason I see that not working is because Philly is not wanting to trade back. They want Wiggins and a trade with us makes that impossible for them.

  • heatdust

    This is a no-brainer. Whether Favors and Sanders are comparable is irrelevant to me. The fact is that finding a great (not just good) talent at the wing position is extremely difficult in the NBA right now. Also, we have tons of cap space and a plethora of great free agents at the PF/C position. Take Wiggins or Parker with the 1 or 2 pick, and snatch up Gasol, Randolph, Gortat, or Monroe. Maybe even trade Sanders for Omer Asik. There is even rumor of Ante Tomic finally coming to Utah. The options for bigs are endless, and Favors is just one option. The options for players like Jabari or Wiggins are so limited, it is infuriating.

    • jay

      rockets would never trade sanders for asik. the only way they dump asik without fair value is to CLEAR cap space. asik has a terrible cap hit for 1 year. sanders is 11M per for 4 more years.

      • heatdust

        I understand what you are saying. The numbers don’t work out too well, but Asik is rightfully frustrated coming off the bench behind Howard, and he wants out. Considering those circumstances, and with us hypothetically losing Favors, I would welcome Asik with open arms.