A bit of news that came out of Thursday's Utah Jazz practice resides on the opposite end of the shocker scale from Wednesday's mind-boggling blockbuster trade with the New Jersey Nets.

Don't brace yourself or bother taking a seat while reading this next part. OK, here goes the non-shocker: Veteran point guard Devin Harris and rookie big man Derrick Favors are pretty dang happy about receiving new leases on their NBA lives.

Joining the Jazz organization and being freed from the Nets can have that affect.

"It's an exciting opportunity," Harris said.

"It's a new beginning for me," Favors added.

Both players — who ended up with Utah along with future first-round picks in a stunning deal that also sent Deron Williams to New Jersey — were physically cleared Thursday to practice and play for the Jazz after an exam in the Garden State by Utah's team physician, Dr. Lyle Mason.

Their first workout with the Jazz happened Thursday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse — home of Gordon Hayward's Butler Bulldogs — after they flew to Indiana from New Jersey following their phyiscals.

The dealt duo's first playing opportunity with their new team is expected to happen tonight when the Jazz visit the Indiana Pacers.

So far, so good for the ex-Nets, who picked up 14 wins overnight after being dealt away from 17-win New Jersey to 31-27 Utah.

"Guys were great welcoming me," Harris said of his new teammates, who met the two newcomers Thursday in Indianapolis shortly before practice.

Replacing a two-time All-Star and arguably the premier point guard in the NBA in Williams isn't as overwhelming or intimidating for Harris as some might imagine.

"Obviously, Deron was a great franchise player for this team, and it's some big shoes to fill," Harris said. "But I'm just looking forward to the opportunity of going out there and playing for a playoff team."