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Utah Jazz big man Derrick Favors keeps cool amid trade rumors: ‘I tune it out’

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) dunks during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) dunks during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.
Spenser Heaps,

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The NBA trade deadline is set for 1 p.m. MT on Feb. 8.

Several reports have surfaced surrounding a potential shakeup within the Utah Jazz organization. Among the rumors, veteran big man Derrick Favors’ name has been thrown around the most consistent.

First, there was the Favors for Nikola Mirotic deal and now the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly showing interest.

So much chatter has been made that it prompted the longest-tenured Jazzman to tweet out an endless “BLAH BLAH BLAH” GIF last week.

After Wednesday’s shootaround in Sacramento the Atlanta native said it’s not hard to tune out the gossip. He’s still a member of the Jazz at this point and it’s simple as that. Nothing else matters.

“I just don’t pay attention to it,” Favors said. “I let everybody do their talking, the reporters, the fans, the Twitter people. I let them do all their talking. I really don’t pay attention to it.”

Sure, he sees the trade scenarios. In this day and age, it’s hard not to notice what’s being said, with all the current updates and chatter right at your fingertips through smartphones.

“I tune it out. I see it. Sometimes I am on Twitter or social media. I see it,” Favors said. “Everybody has their trade ideas, what should happen and this and that. So, I see it but I just don’t pay attention to it.

“I put my mind on other things,” he added. “I play video games, watch movies, talk to my friends and family and stuff. If it happens it happens, if it don’t it don’t. It really don’t make no difference.”

With the Jazz struggling while pushing through injuries and one of the league’s toughest schedules, everything is being magnified as the problem. Coach Quin Snyder admits that guys are frustrated that things aren’t going their way, but he’s trying to channel that frustration to make the squad better. He knows how badly they want to win and still push for a playoff spot. Tanking isn’t an option.

“I know how hard they work,” Snyder said. “We’re a work program, both collectively and individually and I think our fans appreciate that.

“I know our coaches appreciate it,” he added. “When you go through, whether it’s losing or not playing well, there’s frustration and there’s frustration from everyone.”

The frustration is not only felt in the locker room, but also by the team’s supporters. It prompted fans to boo Rodney Hood during the opening quarter of Monday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers at Vivint Arena after his 1-for-7 shooting start. Hood said he’s already past that, though.

“We’ve just got to come out and compete and try to get a win,” Hood said. “Winning solves everything. That’s with any sport, any game, anything. When you win, everything is great, when you lose a lot of things are magnified so I think that’ll help everything.”

Jonas Jerebko has been in the league for eight seasons and said guys on this team have taken a professional approach to handling the outside noise. It isn’t affecting the team camaraderie, although some sort of change appears to be imminent.

Whether it’s Favors being dealt, Joe Johnson being swapped or Alec Burks being traded, some sort of movement could be on the horizon. Only time will tell, though.

But for now, guys are only focused on being in Utah.

“I’ve been on some team where that worries a lot of people and maybe get the mood down and stuff like that but we’ve got a good mindset on this team,” Jerebko said. “We’ve got a lot of players that want to work so I haven’t really seen anything, no downside at all honestly.”

SO FAR, SO GOOD: Injured veteran Thabo Sefolosha underwent a successful surgery Wednesday morning in Salt Lake City to repair the torn MCL in his right knee. Jazz team physician Dr. Travis Maak performed the procedure as he begins the rehabilitation process. Sefolosha is likely to miss the rest of the season, but the team released that he is out indefinitely. After the surgery, Sefolosha’s wife, Bertille, shared a photo with him on Instagram with the encouraging words, “We got this baby.”