Don’t Bank On a Gordon Hayward Deal Getting Done

Oct 25, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) warms up prior to the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz

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  • Olivier Batiste

    Therefore we’ll scan the news during the upcoming 48 hours… Gordon is a great all-round player but a 60 millions $ contract (4 years) would overstep the mark in my opinion. Hayward still has a lot to prove this season : I hope he’ll be a good leader on the court.

    What about the rumors of Boston & Phoenix looking on the SLC’s SF ?

    • Josh Haslam

      I think most teams are trying to figure out how they can get Hayward. Rumor has it that GMs and scouts love Hayward. Even if Boston and Phoenix want him doesn’t mean they will even have a chance at him. If the Jazz want Hayward (which they do) they will keep him at all costs. Just depends if they spend the money this off-season or next

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