SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Jordan Clarkson is re-signing with the Utah Jazz, while Derrick Favors is coming back.
Clarkson, an unrestricted free agent, is reportedly signing a 4-year, $52-million deal with the Jazz, while Favors, who played nine seasons with the Jazz before playing with New Orleans last year. has reportedly agreed to a 3-year, $30-million deal.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the free agent signings.
Clarkson, 28, stepped up for the Jazz in the seeding games and playoffs after Bojan Bogdanovic was ruled out ahead of the NBA’s resumption of play last season.
The shooting guard averaged 16.7 points per game off the bench and shot 46.4% from the field in the Jazz’s first-round loss to the Denver Nuggets.
A dynamic bench scorer, Clarkson makes a healthy number of 3-pointers, can attack closeouts and has flashed the ability to make plays for others. However, he has proved to be a liability on defense, which limits his ceiling to that of a role player.
Clarkson, a second-round pick in the 2014 NBA draft, has spent time with the Lakers, Cavaliers and Jazz. He holds career averages of 14.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
Favors, 29, spent nine season in Utah before signing a one-year, $17.65 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans last season.
Despite the team’s bevy of young talent, Favors started nearly all the games he played and provided the Pelicans with a steady hand at center. New Orleans was 5.4 points better defensively when Favors was on the court and 2.8 points better offensively per 100 possessions.