The Utah Jazz seem content with building on the roster they have for now. Losing both Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson to free agency, Utah’s plan has been to move on and start a brand new front court in 2013. Next summer, they may have a different plan of attack as the free agent pool heats up.
This upcoming season will feature Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors in the starting lineup — two very promising, young big men. Favors, specifically, still has plenty of upside even though he has already shown flashes that he can be more than a formidable power forward in the NBA.
Entering the fourth year of his career, Favors finds himself in an unfamiliar position. He has a bit of leverage. Next summer he will have a qualifying offer to the final year of his contract and may find himself demanding more money on the market than what the Jazz are already scheduled to offer him.
According to Bill Oram of the Salt Lake Tribune, the team is already in talks with both Favors and forward Gordon Hayward regarding an extension. At this point, it may be a bit premature to hand Favors a heftier deal instead of letting the market dictate his worth. Utah may also find themselves in a different spot next season as a giant free agent pool is sure to shift some power around the league.
Favors is definitely on his way up and I believe he can be a good — if not great — player in this league. But, at least for right now, I think the Jazz should hold off on extending his deal just yet. Next summer, they will have a better idea where his value lies.