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                     === Jazz sign Favors to extension ===
 Salt  Lake City, UT ( - The Utah Jazz have signed former No.
 3 draft pick Derrick Favors to a multi-year contract extension.
 The Jazz didn't release terms of the deal Saturday, but Yahoo! Sports reported
 it was for four years and $49 million.
 Favors,  22,  averaged 9.4 points, 7.1  rebounds and 1.7 blocks last season --
 all career-highs -- in 77 games.
 Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey called Favors, who was drafted by the Nets
 in 2010, "an important part of our future."
 "He  brings  a toughness and defensive  mind set that  make him a key piece to
 what  we are  trying to build here,"  Lindsey said in a statement. "Derrick is
 also  a high-character individual and he has shown a dedication to continue to
 improve all aspects of his game."
 The  6-foot-10 Favors thanked the Jazz "for their trust and confidence" in his
 abilities and said Utah has become his home.
 "I  am excited  to be able to continue  my career playing for the Jazz and the
 best fans in the NBA," he said.
 He  has  averaged 8.3  points, 6.3 rebounds  and 1.2 blocks  in 220 career NBA
 games for the Nets and Jazz.
 10/19 15:06:22 ET

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