The Oklahoma City Thunder added even more to their pool of future first-round picks as the Utah Jazz agreed to send a future No. 1 pick and center Derrick Favors to the Thunder for a future second-round pick, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski. from ESPN on Friday.
Before the move, the Thunder already had 12 first-round picks over their own, some of which they can trade, in the next five drafts.
Oklahoma City traded the No. 16 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to the Houston Rockets for two future first-round players: in 2022 (through the Detroit Pistons) and 2023 (through the Washington Wizards). Then the Rockets used the pick to select Alperen Sengun.
Favors, a 30-year-old center who has played nine of his 11 NBA seasons with the Jazz, averaged 5.4 points and 5.5 rebounds last season. He has also spent time with the Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans during his career.
The trade puts Utah under $ 13 million under the luxury tax, and the Jazz are likely to be hit with a smaller financial penalty if they bring back Mike Conley.