Pelicans acquire Jazz center Derrick Favors

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The New Orleans Pelicans have not wasted any time addressing roster needs on the opening day of NBA free agency.

The Utah Jazz are trading Derrick Favors to the Pels for a pair of second round draft picks.

The 27-year old Favors has spent the past nine seasons with Utah. The proven defender and rebounder has one year left on his contract at $16.9 million. The Jazz were expected to decline his option after an aggressive offseason led to high priced additions of point guard Mike Conley and wing Bojan Bogdonovich but the Pelicans struck a deal to secure their likely new starting center.

The 6-foot-10 Favors has averaged 11.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game over 632 regular season games, including 436 starts. He started 70 games last season for Utah.

Earlier in the day, the Pelicans agreed to deals with free agent guard J.J. Redick and EuroLeague forward Nicolo Melli.

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