Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors Downplays Mysterious Tweet

Feb 11, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) warms up prior to the game against the Boston Celtics at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 11, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) warms up prior to the game against the Boston Celtics at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports /

Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors reportedly has denied that his recent mysterious tweet had any significant meaning.

For those of you following all the latest Utah Jazz trade rumors, one of the more recent and perhaps zaniest tidbits you’ve likely come across is the heavy speculation about a mysterious tweet sent out yesterday by Derrick Favors that had nothing more than an emoji in it.

Given that the tweet went out in the middle of several trade rumors surrounding the Utah Jazz, (and Derrick Favors specifically), many fans went into a frenzy, speculating that perhaps Favors knew something that the rest of us didn’t.

It created such an uproar that I even took some time myself to look at what Favors might have meant by it.

Now, to give us all some closure (sort of), I’m here to report that Derrick has spoken out about the cryptic tweet. His response? That it was really nothing.

In a recent article from the Salt Lake Tribune’s Aaron Folk, it was reported that Favors had the following to say:

"“I was just being on Twitter, just using it. I just tweeted that. It was just a tweet I did. It wasn’t that big. Just a tweet.”"

He went on further to claim:

"“Nothing to do with the team. Nothing to do with nothing.”"

Now obviously I wasn’t there to witness Derrick Favors say those words in public. And I wouldn’t exactly consider myself a detective by any means, but something sure seems fishy about his constant denial and lack of any rational explanation. My skeptical radar started buzzing somewhere between the words “just being on Twitter” and “It was just a tweet I did.”

And aside from not being a detective, I’m also not an avid Twitter user per se, but even so I still find that whenever I tweet something, it usually has some kind of purpose or meaning. Yet then again, since we’re on the topic of things that I am not, I’m also not a famous NBA player with the power of making several thousand people go crazy with one meaningless tweet.

So maybe it was all just in plain fun. Still, call me crazy, but I think there’s more to this than Derrick’s letting on. He may have mentioned that the tweet “wasn’t that big” but that also means it “wasn’t that small” right?

Nevertheless, while we may never know for sure what exactly was going through Favors’ mind when he sent that out, what is for certain is that we are now closing in on 12 hours away until the trade deadline where we’ll find out whether any of the rumored Jazz-related news had any sort of truth behind it or not.

You can bet that anything that does go down concerning the Jazz will likely lead to speculation that Favors’ tweet was a sign of prior knowledge. If not, then D-Faves’ true intentions may remain an unsolvable mystery until the end of time.

For what it’s worth, it was recently reported that all 14 Jazz players (Joel Bolomboy is with the Salt Lake City Stars currently) participated in tonight’s practice and things definitely quieted down on the Jazz rumor front today as compared to yesterday.

Also, in regards to Favors himself, the growing sentiment in several reports has become that while the Jazz were open to offers for the big man, no team came anywhere close to putting a viable option in front of them that would justify him being traded. That seems pretty believable and unsurprising to me.

Therefore, while any number of crazy things are still possible, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Jazz pass by the deadline rather quietly with perhaps nothing more than a minor trade or perhaps nothing at all.

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To be quite honest, I’m to the point where I’m simply anxious for 3:00 pm ET tomorrow to come and go so that all the crazy hype, rumors and speculation will finally be resolved and the madness can finally come to an end.

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