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SALT LAKE CITY — It may have just been a slip of the tongue or perhaps just his manner of talking when Derrick Favors spoke in the past tense about his time in Utah during his “locker-cleanout” interview Wednesday with local media.
“I enjoyed this year,” he said. “I enjoyed my whole time in Utah. I fell in love with the city, with the organization, with you guys.”
While those words might have made it sound like Favors might be done playing in Utah, he made it clear in his later comments that he hasn’t made his mind up about what his plans are for next season.
Favors, who has been with the Jazz since 2011, longer than any other player on the team, is a free agent this summer, having completed the final season of a four-year, $48 million contract that paid him $12 million this past season. He said he’s not leaning one way or another some two months before he must make a decision on his future.
“We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “There will be a lot of things to think about this summer, but I can wait for that.”
After a tough 2016-17 season when he missed 32 games because of injuries and saw his minutes drop to 24 a game and scoring average to 9.5 ppg, Favors’ numbers improved this season. But they were still off his numbers from 2013-16 when he played more than 30 minutes per night and averaged around 16 points and eight rebounds per game for two straight seasons.
“I‘ve been here through the tough times and I’ve been here through the good times, kind of like a relationship that you’ve been through so much together,” he said. “There’s no sense in breaking it up, so it will definitely play a factor with me because I think this team has a bright future.”
Favors continued to gush about his situation, saying, “Obviously we can play with the best teams. We’ve got some really good players, the coaching staff is great, the organization is great, the city, the fan base —...
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