Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor revealed Monday that the team did an extensive background check on both Devin Harris and Derrick Favors before trading for them last week.

It was worth their time to dig into Favors' history in Atlanta — where the 19-year-old grew up and played one year at Georgia Tech — and to evaluate Harris' cheesehead history back to his youth in Wisconsin.

In doing their due diligence before pulling off the most surprising deal in franchise history — a shocking swap that sent the team's star, Deron Williams, to New Jersey — the Jazz discovered they were getting solid players and characters.

"The people that they are, are terrific," O'Connor said. "And I think that they fit into our DNA and our culture and we're happy to have them on board.."

Team owner Gail Miller also gave the new Jazz players a warm welcome in their introductory press conference in Utah.

"We're excited to have you here," Miller said. "And hope that you enjoy mingling with the community and with the team and with all of the management, and that you feel comfortable."

Mingling with the community was both an interesting and fitting phrase.