The Lakers might have their sights set on Utah’s Derrick Favors.
There are “rumblings” Los Angeles would like to sign the 27-year-old to a deal this summer, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. But the big man hopes to remain with the Jazz and is grateful for his 8 1/2 seasons in Utah.
“My journey has been amazing,” Favors said. “I’ve been through a lot. I’ve been through trade rumors and a step back in role. It’s definitely made me the player and the person I am today. I just know whatever situation I get put in, I’m going to succeed. That’s why I just try and get better every year.”
Favors is set to make $17 million next season, but the Jazz could afford to waive him or trade him in the second year of his two-year, $37 million contract. He expects to be notified about Utah’s decision by June 30, when free agency officially begins.
“It is what it is,” Favors said. “I’m not going to stress over it. I’m going to enjoy life that whole week. If I have to leave, I want to go to a contender because I want to compete at the highest level. I definitely want to go somewhere I can compete for a championship.”
Favors has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. His role has diminished in recent years, but he averaged 11.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in 2018-19.
The Lakers reportedly acquired Anthony Davis in a blockbuster deal with the Pelicans on Saturday, forking over Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft.
They are reportedly interested in acquiring Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and others stars in the offseason.