March 22, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) reacts in front of Utah Jazz forward/center Derrick Favors (15) during the first quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Huge Extensions Screwing the Utah Jazz?

Two huge contract extensions in the past 72 hours will make it very difficult for the Utah Jazz to extend Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors without some very big issues.  With Gordon Hayward being compared like crazy to Paul George over this Summer, looking at what George is getting will make it harder to sign Hayward.  His agent and the Jazz are fully aware that if they wait to extend it could go either way so now the Jazz have to gamble.

Waiting til next off-season means that the Jazz are saying one of two things, either that they want him to prove that he’s worth a huge contract that they can justify giving him or that he is not the main piece of a team but more of a second or third option.  There is no way the Jazz extend Hayward for anywhere near the max without a year more to prove things.  Paul George’s deal worth $80 million ($90 million if he makes an all NBA team next year) is making it hard for the Jazz and Hayward’s agent to come to an agreement I’m guessing.  We can safely assume that both sides are farther away on what they want Hayward to get paid now because of it.  I expect Jazz management are trying to get a deal done worth $36-40 million where the agent is somewhere along the lines of $52-60 for 4 years.

On another note DeMarcus Cousins got a 4 year $62 million dollar contract which in my opinion just screwed the Kings over for the next 4 years.  What this does is makes it really easy to see what Favors will probably get, which again is more than the Jazz were probably willing.  If Derrick waits til next year there will be a team that offers him a max contract and the Jazz can match it as Favors will be a restricted free agent.  Having Cousins sign that deal will make it so the Jazz either offer the 4 year $60 million now or wait until next off-season, either way he is not getting less.

For all those that think Cousins is way better than Favors you need to look at the usage rate of Cousins on offense which is awful.  Per 36 Favors averages 4 less points but takes 6 less shots.  Add in that Favors and Cousins rebounding rates are the same and Favors is way better defensively (3 blocks to 1, 2 steals to 1) and Favors is the better player.  The Kings are making a huge mistake and I haven’t even mentioned Cousin’s attitude problem.  What this means for the Jazz though is it is now for sure that Favors will be getting close to a max deal at one point.

What does this mean for the future of the Jazz if both Hayward and Favors get $14 million plus?  Not sure yet but I can guarantee the Jazz will lose Burks or Kanter unless they sign for less.  Which if you’re looking for a silver lining the Jazz will get a rookie next year that will make less and possibly be better than one of those two.

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins Derrick Favors Gordon Hayward Paul George Utah Jazz

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