Trade rumors have the Celtics interested in Hayward. The Jazz are rumored to not want to even listen unless Boston’s first round pick this year is included in whatever the discussions are. With the emergence of Alec Burks play over the past month it’s possible that Hayward could be traded especially if the Jazz are able to get a projected top 5 pick in the upcoming draft. The question remains will the Jazz be able to keep the core together due to salary restrictions? Let’s play this out.
First thing we have to realize is the Jazz organization has made it abundantly clear that Hayward is a part of the long term future. The only reason we are talking right now is because the Jazz wanted to see how Hayward handled being the number one option. Since Hayward is a restricted free agent the Jazz will be able to match anything another team offers.
Second thing we have to think about is whether or not Alec and Gordon play well together. Hayward has stated that he loves when Alec is on the court with him and I believe it is because it takes the pressure off Hayward and lets him do what he does best off the ball. Both players understand the game in a different way but in the Jazz system it seems to work.
The last thing the Jazz have to consider is whether or not Hayward and Burks can be the starting wings on a contending team. If the answer is no, trading one of them is a smart move. If the answer is yes then pay both and make it work financially. Most likely however the answer is “we’ll see” which means the Jazz will have to make a judgement call.
The other side of the argument comes into play when we talk about the upcoming draft. If the Jazz get Wiggins, Parker or even Exum that might mean Hayward or Burks is expendable depending on if you think one of those guys would be an upgrade. I like sure things so as far as I’m concerned giving away Hayward or Burks for one of these guys could turn out to be a disaster.