Update: Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune:
That makes what looked like a slight overpay by the Jazz far better. They’re paying extra this year, when they have money to spend, for more flexibility next year — when they might need it.
That will remain a challenge in Utah.
This is reasonable value for Favors, 26. I’m not sure he could have gotten more elsewhere, but the Jazz – firmly in the mix in the loaded Western Conference – didn’t want to lose the talented player in unrestricted free agency.
Gobert and Favors form a stout tandem defensively and on the glass. Even though neither spaces the floor well, they’ve learned how to position themselves to minimize the downside of their pairing. Donovan Mitchell‘s ability to get buckets in tight spaces certainly helps, allowing Utah to keep the defensive presences on the floor together.
The Jazz might prefer someone who fits better with Gobert, but they weren’t going to get a better overall player than Favors. So, this works just fine.