Jody Genessy of the Deseret News wrote an article on how the Jazz and Hayward remain “far apart” on a deal to extend Hayward. The deadline to extend G Hay is on October 31st.
A few thoughts I have on the situation:
- Paul George received a designated player contract which means he has to make 2 all star teams, two all NBA teams or win MVP to warrant the contract he has which is 30% of the Pacers salary. So those that think Hayward will get a deal similar to Paul George are off base.
- The most Hayward can sign for is a 4 year roughly $60 million dollar deal.
- If Hayward’s agent and the Jazz are “far apart” it probably means the agent wants a max and the Jazz want something similar to Favors (around a 4 year $48 million dollar deal)
- There is almost no reason to sign a max deal with Hayward as he is a restricted free agent and the Jazz can match if Hayward decides to sign elsewhere.
- The benefit for Hayward waiting one year is he can sign a 5 year deal next off season which this year he cannot.
- The benefit for the Jazz waiting is they want to make sure Hayward earns it before they give it to him.
- The benefit for Hayward signing now is it protects against injury and the possibility of having a bad year and not being worth as much next off-season.
- The benefit for the Jazz extending him now is they won’t have to worry about him signing something bigger next off-season. If they can reach an agreement for something less than max now, do it.
- Either way it’s not something Hayward or fans should stress about as he is restricted and the Jazz will not let him walk away like with Wes Matthews. If Hayward shows he can be a leader and an all star type player this year he will deserve a max.