Speculation and rumors are not something that we ever will comment on. I'm focused on our team and maximizing the guys that are here. That's my focus and my goal. —Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz's 30-point victory Tuesday night over the Golden State Warriors marked the final home game the team will play before the Feb. 8 trade deadline, as it will now embark on a four-game road trip that ends Feb. 7.
Numerous reports and far more rumors have circulated about trades the Jazz could make between now and then, meaning it stands to reason the roster could look different Feb. 9 when the Jazz play at Vivint Arena again versus the Charlotte Hornets.
If in fact one or more trades are made, a number of players who have been most prominently mentioned in reports and rumors performed well Tuesday night in what would be their last home game in Salt Lake City.
Of particular note, Derrick Favors finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist in just 26 minutes.
"I've just cleared my mind," he said. "Mentally I just cleared my mind. I'm not worried about scoring, not worried about anything, just going out there and hooping. Don't worry about anything. Go out there and hoop, play basketball and have fun and enjoy it and (I'm) just living in the moment right now."
Players such as Ricky Rubio, Alec Burks and Joe Johnson have all had their names floated in rumors as well, albeit to a lesser extent than Favors, but that trio also performed well Tuesday.
Rubio played perhaps his best game this season and finished with 23 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and a steal, while Burks scored nine points and Johnson had eight.
One player whose name has been mentioned in possible trade reports who did not play Tuesday was Rodney Hood, as he missed his fifth straight game because of what has been described as a lower leg contusion.
Asked before the game if he has to say anything to his players regarding trade rumors and reports, Utah head coach Quin Snyder said, "Speculation and rumors are not something that we ever will comment on. I'm focused on our team and maximizing the guys that are here. That's my focus and my goal.
"I coach the team, so whatever it is that presents itself to the team — a myriad of things that go to the psychological health of our group — that's part of the game, and we're aware of all that and we're focused on trying to beat the Warriors."
The Jazz certainly achieved that objective on Tuesday night.