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SALT LAKE CITY — Derrick Favors was solid, as usual — especially his monstrous dunk late in the fourth quarter — but his stat line of six points, seven rebounds and one block didn’t jump off the page in the Jazz's 106-94 win over Charlotte.

"I don't think his line necessarily reflects his impact," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "It's good to see the work he's put in. He's an important part of our team and has been for the last month, two months, three months, and he remains that."

That last phrase was key.

The big news regarding Favors wasn’t what he did or didn’t do in this game. It was that he was on the court wearing his familiar No. 15 in a Jazz uniform after his name had been bandied about before Thursday’s trade deadline.

Favors actually laughed when asked about his name coming up in trade talk. It's happened before. In fact, the 6-foot-10 power forward started hearing his name in rumors after being picked by New Jersey third overall out of Georgia Tech in 2010. That season, the rumors became reality, as he was traded to Utah, but it's just been hot air and wasted pixels since then.

"I’m in trade rumors every year. I'm used to that, man," Favors said, smiling. "If I’m not in trade rumors, you know, I’m kind of like, 'Why am I not in trade rumors? Something must be wrong.'"

Favors was so unconcerned, he slept in almost until the 1 p.m. MT trade deadline on Thursday. He woke up at about 12:50 p.m. after sleeping in his own bed for the first time since Utah returned from a 4-0 road trip in Memphis, New Orleans, San Antonio and Phoenix.

News had long surfaced about the three-way trade that sent Rodney Hood to Cleveland and Joe Johnson to Sacramento in exchange for Jae Crowder (and the right to waive Derrick Rose).

"I missed all of it," he said. "I was sleeping. I was getting my rest, man."

Favors also joked about seeing which players he'll supposedly be...
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Locke looks at the emotion compared to the numbers on the trade of Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson. The numbers make the trade look really good, the emotion of losing a bona fide shot taker makes it much more difficult.

Locke then looks at the PAAC rating of the Jazz with the changes and how it breaks out.

In the final segment, Locke is won over about what Cleveland has done and looks at the hottest and coldest players in the NBA

The post Breakdown of the Hood for Crowder deal, what the numbers say and PAAC Friday appeared first on Locked On Jazz.

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The Utah Jazz traded Rodney Hood to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Joe Johnson to the Sacramento Kings. In exchange, the Jazz received Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose from Cleveland, but Rose is expected to be released. Here are the answers to some pressing questions about the trades.

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz has traded Rodney Hood to Cleveland and Joe Johnson to Sacramento, according to ESPN.

Thursday ESPN announced the trades just after the 1 p.m. ET deadline.

In return, Cleveland will send Jae Crowder and Derek Rose to be the newest Utah Jazz players.

Click here to see the latest NBA trade updates from ESPN.

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Utah’s Rudy Gobert (27) watches Memphis interim head coach JB Bickerstaff complain to the referees after being ejected in the Jazz’s 92 – 88 victory over the Grizzlies in Memphis. (Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal)

Story of the Game

Yuck.

While the Utah Jazz entered the night on a six-game win streak thanks to their offense, which averaged 128 points per game in their last four contests, tonight it was their defense, and putrid offense by the Memphis Grizzlies, that extended the win streak to seven.

The first half was a unique brand of awful, with each team shooting under 40 percent from the field, under 30 percent from three, and turning the ball over 11 times. Each team dry-heaved its way up and down the court, leaving the burden of scoring all but exclusively to their two offensive orchestrators: Utah’s Ricky Rubio, who scored 16 in the half, and Memphis’s Marc Gasol, who scored 13.

The Grizzlies, who came into this game off a four-loss road trip, must have entered the locker room feeling optimistic down only 44 to 39. Jazz Coach Quin Snyder likely felt nauseous.

While the second half was far from beautiful basketball, each team did increase its offensive efficiency. Utah shot the ball at a 45 percent clip while Memphis surprised by reaching 49 percent. Yet the physical and foul-tempered – and littered – game was ultimately decided by free throws as the Jazz made 17 of 21 attempts from the line in the second half alone. The refereeing clearly frustrated the Grizzlies, and interim head coach JB Bickerstaff and Dillon Brooks were ejected late in the game.

Combined with Rubio’s 29-point night, those freebies were enough for Utah to limp to the finish line.

Despite winning their seventh consecutive game – with five of the six coming on the road! – the Jazz...