Utah Jazz restricted free agent, Gordon Hayward, has been rumored to be getting a lot of interest from teams around the league. Reports after free agency opened last night were that Hayward had interest from the Jazz, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, and Charlotte Hornets.
Today, another team came up in rumors that were interested in Hayward’s services, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Jazz were one of the first, if not the first, teams to talk to Hayward last night. The Jazz are also rumored to be wanting to make an offer to Hayward before other teams do. If that is the case, the Jazz might want to act fast. ESPN’s Marc Stein reporting the following:
Jazz vowing to match any offer to RFA Gordon Hayward but fresh rumbles tonight that Cavs weighing wisdom of big offer sheet to Hayward
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
The Jazz have indeed said that they are willing to match any offer that a team will give Hayward. They want to see him in a Jazz uniform for a long time. For Cleveland, how big of an offer sheet can they actually offer Hayward?
Before Kyrie Irving agreed to a 5-year $90 million extension late last night, the Cavaliers had roughly $41.3 million on the books for next season. That number puts the Cavaliers with roughly $20 million available for free agents. That said, the Cavaliers could offer Hayward a pretty decent offer.
The max contract that a team can offer him is roughly 4-years and $62 million. With that said, the Jazz still plan on matching any kind of offer that is thrown at Hayward, and he is sure to be seeing more rumors come his way this off season.