With the Grizzlies signing free agent Bismack Biyombo, the perfect free agent target for the Boston Celtics has been taken off the board. With every perfect plan, though, is a perfect backup plan.
Enter Derrick Favors.
Like Biyombo, Favors is sturdy and can fight at the rim for second opportunities and to curtail them for the opponent. Favors could give the Boston Celtics valuable minutes off the bench considering there will be nights soon that Kristaps Porzingis and Al Horford will need someone to contribute 10-15 minutes off the bench while getting the occasional spot start.
Boston Celtics will be vulnerable if they don’t sign a backup big man
As the season goes along the Boston Celtics need to shore up their frontcourt by any means. The goal in Boston is to win the NBA Championship, and Favors gives them a low-risk option that could provide valuable, if understated, moments off the pine on the road to a potential Banner 18.
While not a signing who wins games on his own, he does the little things to keep his teams in the mix; as evidenced by the Utah Jazz’s constant presence in the postseason during the former No. 3 overall pick’s time in Salt Lake City.
Derrick Favors working his way back through the G-League
For those wondering where Favors is now, he’s working his way back to the NBA through a stint in the G-League.
“I still love the game,” Favors told HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto. “I love everything about it. I love the whole process of working out, getting better, the weight room and conditioning, and the on-court work. I still have a love and passion for the game. Obviously, things change, and I have to adjust to it. Part of me joining the G League is trying to continue my career, finding ways to get better, hopefully get back to the league, and be a mentor to the young guys.”
You ask the Houdini, that move by Favors shows great traits in a player: patience, grace, humility, and hustle.