2. Derrick Favors
On Tuesday, Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reported that the Utah Jazz has experimented the market for Derrick Favors over the last several weeks. Lowe also went on to report that it’s hazy how serious the Jazz are in moving Favors.
Favors has missed 17 games this season with a lingering left knee injury, sore back/back spasms, hip, and right ankle sprain. Favors inability to stay healthy this season has the former third overall pick unable to find any level of cohesion on offense.
The 25-year-old dealt with a sore left knee/IT Band Syndrome that eventually caused Favors to undergo knee surgery and miss the season opener. Favors returned in the Jazz’s second game of the season and recorded 13 points or more in four straight Nov. games.
However, when it seemed like Favors was getting back into the swing of things, the Jazz forward’s troubling knee came back to haunt him, missing 13 straight games from the end of Nov. into the first half of Dec.
The good news is heading into the All-Star break, Favors played at least 24 minutes or more in the last six games. Regardless of some early season knee trouble, Favors would radically upgrade the Wizards’ frontcourt and serve as a productive backup to Wizards’ starting power forward, Markieef Morris.
Using the RealGM Trade Checker, I did a simple player swap:
Mahinmi has only played in five games this season after being the everyday starting center with the Pacers last season. The 30-year-old Wizards’ center has missed the majority of the 2017 season due to platelet-rich plasma treatment on not one, but both knees.
Despite missing the majority of the season, Mahinmi looks to start the second half of the season finally healthy and could be a serviceable asset.
RealGM reveals the trade would provide a positive change in the team outlook with +6.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, and +1 APG.