Derrick Favors Wants More Playing Time
Old 08-22-2012, 08:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Derrick Favors Wants More Playing Time Heading Into Final Guaranteed Year
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Derrick Favors wants more playing time after averaging 21.2 minutes last season.

"I want to play more than what I played last year," Favors said. "If it's starting, cool. If it's coming off the bench, cool. I don't mind. I just want to play more. I don't want to sit on the bench no more."

Favors is entering the final guaranteed year of his rookie contract.

"Contract year is something in the back of your mind," he said. "I'm not thinking about it right now, but probably during the season if I'm not playing a lot then I'll probably start thinking about it."



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Seems someone forget to tell Derrick that pt is earned in the NBA and not just given. He's not doing himself any Favors by publicly coming out and dropping a veiled threat at his organization. What a dumbass
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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favours has earned his time, the only problem is that they have jefferson and milsap starting with kanter in the wings. they're gonna have to make some decisions, and the right one would be looking to send out jefferson and give favours his minutes. there's really nothing dumb ass about his comments. he's just saying that they need to commit to him.
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favours has earned his time, the only problem is that they have jefferson and milsap starting with kanter in the wings. they're gonna have to make some decisions, and the right one would be looking to send out jefferson and give favours his minutes. there's really nothing dumb ass about his comments. he's just saying that they need to commit to him.
Have to agree, especially since he's not demanding to start either. Jefferson does have more size than the others, and Kanter might not project out as well, so I'd think they'd lean towards moving Enes if they can't unload one of the bigger contracts of AJ or PM
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I dont think Utah knows which route they want to take yet. If I was them, I'd look to trade Jefferson for picks and a younger player, and then run a rotation of Millsap/Kanter with Favors getting all of the minutes as the backup big much like the Lakers did with Odom when he was in LA. Favors did play really well for most of last season especially with increased minutes, but it's hard to get around 30 mpg with both Millsap and Jefferson starting and needing their minutes.

Jefferson is what he is now. He's a 2nd or 3rd option on a really good team, but you need a bunch of guys around him that can hide his defensive deficiencies and not wanting to pass. Hes basically ZBo before he got to MEM and learned how to be a willing passer and good passer out of doubles
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Yeah, Al Jefferson needs to go.

Also, Millsap is great. Dude is clutch as fuck too.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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They need to trade Al Jeff for Granger or Deng.
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They need to trade Al Jeff for Granger or Deng.
The thing is does Chicago or Indiana want Al Jeff? Probably not. He's still an upgrade over West and Boozer however if Al played PF. But still won't happen.
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Trade Jose & a 2nd

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He's in a great system. He's not nearly as good on his own as NJ found out.
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favours has earned his time, the only problem is that they have jefferson and milsap starting with kanter in the wings. they're gonna have to make some decisions, and the right one would be looking to send out jefferson and give favours his minutes. there's really nothing dumb ass about his comments. he's just saying that they need to commit to him.
I don't know if Favors has earned starter minutes yet but stating this in the media with a veiled threat of needing to revisit his contract if he doesn't get more time is disappointing - though Favors is only 21 years old and can be chalked up to that. All he needs to do is play hard and the rest will take care of itself.

I think Thriller hit the nail on the head with Utah having an identity crisis. Jefferson and Favors are very different players, personally I like Favors defense though it's not a 'wow' type deal for me. I would like to see Kanter and Jefferson work out - much like Zbo/Gasol - nice balanced front court. Although Favors/Jefferson and Favors/Kanter(based on potential) are nice in the front as well - I've been unimpressed with Kanter so far...really hope thats more to do with the shortened season with little practice time.

I would think this is the year that this identity issue will get resolved, as the year after Utah has zero players under guaranteed contracts.

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I don't see a veiled threat. As a free agent next summer he should be looking long and hard at his options regardless of how much PT he is given. I'm sure Utah expects as much.
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I don't see a veiled threat. As a free agent next summer he should be looking long and hard at his options regardless of how much PT he is given. I'm sure Utah expects as much.
You don't but I do...just seeing it different. If he's looking at the future, as he should, he shouldn't 'muse' his thoughts through the media. Although stating

"Contract year is something in the back of your mind," he said. "I'm not thinking about it right now, but probably during the season if I'm not playing a lot then I'll probably start thinking about it."

certainly that says a lot. I'm nit picky these days, wish these players will just play and keep the rest behind closed doors. They just don't do themselves any favors

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Was he musing thoughts or answering a question? He didn't need to answer it the way he did, but he did. He's being honest.

We've all helped knock down the doors!! All-access!! Don't pretend you don't love it!!
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:42 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Was he musing thoughts or answering a question? He didn't need to answer it the way he did, but he did. He's being honest.

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I'm not so sure to be honest. I never really wanted the 'all access' - maybe from the point of behind the scenes, training, etc. This other drama stuff has only made me cynical to the purity of the sport and to the players. Not so much the owners oddly enough.
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