Derrick Favors

Houston Rockets have acquired center Derrick Favors and a second-round draft pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for eight players. If the rumored transaction between the Thunder and Rockets involving Derrick Favors, Ty Jerome, Theo Maledon, and Moe Harkless pans out, the Thunder will receive two draft exceptions and save $1 million in salary in exchange for David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, and Marquese Chriss.

According to reports, the Thunder are dealing a 2025 second-round selection they obtained from the Atlanta Hawks earlier this week. Following the trade, the Thunder will be about $10 million below the luxury tax level. Both the Thunder and the Rockets now have 18 guaranteed contracts on their rosters and must reduce that number to 15 by October 17th.

After being included in a disabled player exemption, Harkless, who was acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons, is now free to be traded again. For the next 2023-24 season, only Maledon and Nwaba are signed to contracts, and they both have team options.

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In a 118-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns, Favors scored a then-career-high 32 points. He scored 25 points, grabbed 12 boards, and blocked a career-high 7 shots against the Miami Heat on November 12, 2015. While playing against the Indiana Pacers on December 5, 2015, he scored a career-high 35 points in a 122-119 overtime victory.

After missing 16 games due to a back injury, Favors made his 2016 NBA debut on January 25. In a loss to the Detroit Pistons, he played 19 minutes off the bench and finished with 14 points and five boards.

Derrick Favors

In Utah’s 110-79 victory over the Detroit Pistons on March 13, 2018, Favors grabbed 10th place on the Jazz’s all-time list with 3,602 boards, moving him into sole possession of 10th place. He moved into first place all-time, surpassing Mehmet Okur, a former Utah center who had 3,599 boards for the Jazz.

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On April 11, 2018, against the Portland Trail Blazers, Favors became the 12th player in Jazz history to play in 500 games. The Jazz won that game 102-93. In Game 2 of the Jazz’s first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Favors scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, both of which were career playoff highs. The Jazz went on to win the game, 102-95.

Favors renewed his contract with the Jazz on July 6. He moved into fourth place on the franchise’s all-time rebounding list when, on January 11, 2019, he collected a season-high 13 rebounds in a 113-95 win against the Los Angeles Lakers. On March 2, 2019, he scored 23 points and tied a career-high with 18 rebounds in a 115-111 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

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