The Oklahoma City Thunder are continuing their rebuilding process through the 2021-22 NBA season and as a result, they are going to be looking to get their young talents as much playing time and experience as possible.
Last season, we saw them bench veteran Al Horford in favor of young players on their roster and they will most likely do the same again this season.
This could result in newly acquired Derrick Favors holding a minimal role with this team and ultimately, the Thunder could look to trade him near or before the trade deadline this season.
Favors was traded to the Thunder in a “salary dump” move by the Jazz this offseason, but the 30-year-old big man is not someone Oklahoma City is going to look to build with for the future success of this organization.
Now on his third different team in as many years, Favors is definitely an experienced player who can contribute to a playoff-contending team, which is why the Oklahoma City Thunder would be smart to leverage him now while he still holds some value.
Being owed $9.7M this season and then having a $10.2M player option for the 2022-23 season makes the veteran center very tradeable and someone plenty of playoff threats could pursue in a trade.
So which teams make the most sense for Oklahoma City Thunder center Derrick Favors as he looks to continue his career?
With the additions of DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso, and others this offseason, the Chicago Bulls are definitely going to be a competitive team in the Eastern Conference all year long, but in order for them to lock up a playoff spot this year for the first time since 2017, they are going to need some frontcourt help.
Nikola Vucevic is an All-Star center, but he cannot carry this team down-low by himself. Plus, Vucevic is not really a traditional big man, as while he is a double-double machine, but he tends to spend a lot of time on the perimeter offensively.
Having a true low-post threat and “bruiser-like” big man like Derrick Favors could really go a long way in making the Bulls not just a better rebounding team, but a better defensive team as well.
Defense is where all the question marks lie for the Chicago Bulls this year and while he is not the best rim-protector, Favors is a big body that many in the league have had a hard time scoring against through the years because of his physicality.