NBA free agency rumors: There are ‘rumblings’ Lakers could have interest in Derrick Favors

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.

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