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Utah Jazz to sign Jordan Clarkson, Derrick Favors as NBA free agency begins

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Houston Rockets forward Kenneth Faried (35) is blocked by Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball playoff series, in Houston, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Utah Jazz wasted little time adding to its roster for the upcoming NBA season by signing two players well known to fans, in just more than an hour after free agency started, according to multiple reports. Shortly after the NBA's 4 p.m. start of free agency Friday, Utah reportedly reached agreements with Jordan Clarkson and Derrick Favors.

Clarkson has agreed to a $52 million contract with the Jazz according to NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski, who credited Clarkson's agent with the news.

Derrick Favors, a former Utah Jazz forward and center, who was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, also reportedly came to terms with the Jazz Friday for a deal said to be worth $30 million for three years, the final year a player option.

Clarkson was a member of the Jazz last season after a trade that exchanged him for Dante Exum and two future second-round draft picks. Clarkson played the previous three season with Cleveland before the trade and the Los Angeles Lakers for four seasons before that.

Favors came to the Jazz in a trade during the 2010 - 2011 season and stayed through the 2019 - 2020 campaign. Favors was the ACC Rookie of the Year and to the ACC All-Freshman Team before entering the NBA draft where he was taken third overall by the New Jersey Nets when he was 19 years old.

Days ago the Jazz drafted Udoka Azubuike, a center from Kansas University, with the 27th pick in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday. Along with two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, the two new acquisitions solidify the team's center position. Favors also plays forward.

Both players seemed to be popular in Utah. Clarkson averaged 15.6 points for the Jazz last season in a role as a scorer off the bench and was often on the court to finish games.


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