Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors on board; Gordon Hayward next?
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin is another one who’d like as much certainty and stability as possible. This Utah team only has four players with guaranteed deals past this season (Favors, Trey Burke, Rudy Gobert and Jeremy Evans), and Monday’s Man of the Morning is the only one past that.
“I’m very hopeful that it will come soon. We love the guy,” Corbin said of Hayward. “Hopefully, things can get worked out and (we’ll) get the deal done, and he’s with us for a long time.”
Incidentally, Corbin is also in the final year of his contract.
“I would love to be here,” said Hayward, the ninth pick of the 2010 draft. “That would be great, especially playing with Fav and be a part of this franchise. It’s a great franchise. I would love that.”
The guy who was selected six spots prior to him and who came to Utah in the Deron Williams deal in the middle of the 2010-11 season hopes so as well.
Favors, now a Beehive State homeowner whose Atlanta-based mom is thrilled he’s settling in “peaceful and quiet,” has become quite fond of Hayward.
“It’s very important (to sign him). Me and Gordon, we’ve been together for going on three years. We’ve been to the USA Camp together, so we’ve got a good chemistry going,” Favors said. “With Enes and Alec and all those guys, they’ve been wonderful teammates. It’s important to keep the young core together, so we can build the chemistry and move forward to the future.”
Favors, the NBA’s third-leading rebounder in the preseason, believes he can help lead that group to some lofty heights.
“What do I expect from myself?” he said, repeating a press conference question. “Just come out there and be a leader on the court, try to lead this team to the playoffs and hopefully one day to a championship. Those are my expectations.”
That’s what the Jazz have in mind, too.
Plus, the organization — from owner Gail Miller to the coaching staff — loves the man that Favors has become over the past three years.
“We think he’s a really good fit,” Lindsey said. “Just to reduce it simply, we wanted to keep a very talented player and a really good person in the fold.”
Question remains: Will they be saying similar things about Hayward at a contract-extension press conference later this week?
For now, they're ecstatic that one major piece of the puzzle is in place.
"This is one of the first of many steps that we’ll take," Miller Sports Properties president Steve Miller said. "With his (Favors') talent and his leadership, we believe our future is very bright."
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