As everyone knows by now, Utah Jazz wing man Gordon Hayward will be a restricted free agent this off season after him and the Jazz couldn’t agree to a contract extension last fall. There has been a lot of speculation since last fall about what will happen with Hayward.
Hayward has the option to sign an offer sheet from any team that he wants. The Jazz have the opportunity that they can match that same offer and keep him on the Jazz roster. Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said after the season that he was hoping to keep Hayward a Jazz man for a long time.
As much as we would like to know what Hayward might be thinking, the other speculation around Hayward is how much he is worth. With the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns more than likely going to go after Hayward, it makes one curious to see what other teams are willing to offer him and try and steal him away from Utah.
Basketball Breakdown posted a video earlier this month on Hayward and why he might get a max offer. As they point out, Hayward averaged career highs this season in nearly every category. However, his shooting percentages were at a career low. They broke down why they believe his shooting percentages dropped and how if he fixed this one little issue, he would be back to his great shooting.
From what they say, Hayward improving in points per game, assists per game, rebounds per game, and keeping his turnovers per game under control, if he could improve his shooting percentages, he could be getting a lot of calls for some big offers this off season.
To keep in mind, as I said earlier, even though Hayward may sign an offer sheet elsewhere, the Jazz have the opportunity to match. Judging by the comments Lindsey made at the end of the season, and also remembering some comments from earlier in the year, I think the Jazz will match any offer that is thrown out there. Add in a great piece from the upcoming NBA Draft, and do well in free agency, and the Jazz could be much better than the 25 win season we just experienced.