Nets solve their interior defense problem while the Thunder take a chance on a project.
Oklahoma City is not looking to contend this season and flipping Favors for a young asset and a pick would be a good option for them. Doumbouya has not had the chance to prove himself since his downfall with the Pistons and the Thunder would be willing enough to give that to him as he fills for a crucial big man shortage for the team.
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Brooklyn needs someone to protect the rim and go against big men like Antetokounmpo and Embiid and relying on Sharpe and Claxton will not be the best option for them. They need someone to rely on with their interior defense. Favors can be that threat in the paint. Favors' opponents took 6.6% less shots at the rim when he's on the court than when he was off the court. 97th percentile in the entire league if you're unsure if that statistic is high or low. Guards will also have a tougher time scoring over him. Favors could also bring the Nets much needed rebounding as they placed 23rd in contested rebounds percentage last season. Out of all qualified players, Favors ranked 9th in rebounds per 36 minutes in 2019-2020. Favors could help the Nets with bringing in interior defense, rebounding and preventing second chance opportunities from opponents. He can do all of this while not getting in foul trouble, ranking 73rd percentile in the league on fouls per game.
Here’s a short article I found about how important Favors was to the Pelicans in the 2019-2020 season, saying that the Pelicans were playing at a level of a 53-win team with him on the court (even I was shocked by the number lmao): https://lonzowire.usatoday.com/2020/09/17/derrick-favors-new-orleans-pelicans-player-review/
Favors would be a serviceable role player at the very least. If the Nets can’t make a run for Myles Turner or Richaun Holmes, which is who the fans want, Favors can also bring defensive impact and is gettable for a way cheaper price.
The only reason for the Nets to not do this is that they don't want to pile up their luxury tax bill but this trade does cover their biggest weakness so we won't know how the Nets thought about this trade.
The Nets essentially give 5 SRP's and ~$5M to upgrade from Jordan to Favors, factoring in that Jordan deal.
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SHOUTOUT: This dude had the same trade idea as mine a month ago, when Jordan was still in Brooklyn. I honestly found it crazy since I thought I was the first one who pitched this trade idea lol. Go follow him too!
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