The Utah Jazz essentially allowed Derrick Favors to become a free agent while technically under contract, knowing they were going to use his non-guaranteed 2019-20 salary on a better shooter at power forward. Indeed, they eventually agreed to terms on a reported four-year, $73 million deal with Bojan Bogdanovic.
After Favors chose to join the Pelicans, the two teams quickly worked out a trade that prevents the possibility of Favors being claimed off waivers by another team.
New Orleans Pelicans get: Derrick Favors
Utah Jazz get: Two second-round picks