Report: Utah Jazz decided to target Derrick Favors after having problems with Anthony Davis

Brad Sullivan
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A new report indicates that the problems posed by dealing with Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis were the basis for the Utah Jazz targeting Derrick Favors in free agency.

In the three meetings between the Jazz and Lakers last season, the Lakers emerged as the victor all three times, including a 121-96 blowout on the Jazz’s home court last Dec. 4.

In that blowout, Davis had relatively modest numbers of 26 points and six rebounds, but had no problem when it came to shooting from the field by connecting on 9-of-11 attempts.

Favors had previously spent the bulk of his career with the Jazz before being dealt to the New Orleans Pelicans last year. Last month, he came back to Utah by signing a three-year deal in free agency.

The Jazz were eliminated in the NBA playoffs this past season, blowing a 3-1 lead in the opening round to the Denver Nuggets. By getting Favors back, the Jazz are hoping that the challenges that come with facing the defending league champions will be lessened.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.