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

Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward Sign & Trade Option

Yesterday, reports coming from Yahoo Sports stated that Gordon Hayward was in Cleveland meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The report also stated that the Cavaliers were prepared to make Hayward a “lucrative” contract offer, which seemingly would be a 4-year, $63 million deal.

As of late Wednesday night, Yahoo Sports was reporting that the Cavaliers were weary of signing Hayward to a contract, due to the fact that the Utah Jazz have stated they will match any and all offers for Hayward.

The Jazz do have a couple different options with Hayward. With him being a restricted free agent, the Jazz have 72 hours to match those offers Hayward would receive. That is the first option. The other option is that the Jazz own the “Bird Rights” to Hayward, meaning they could do a sign-and-trade to send him to Cleveland, and then the Jazz would get something in return for Hayward leaving.

If the Jazz decided to do the second choice, here is one option that could possibly happen.

Cleveland Cavaliers receive: Gordon Hayward

Utah Jazz receive: Jarrett Jack, Tristan Thompson

Some people might not like the trade, but Cleveland doesn’t have a ton of choices in this area to make the salaries match up.

If Hayward were to sign the 4-year, $63 million contract, he would be making roughly $14.8 million in the first year. Jack is scheduled to make $6.3 million this season, and Thompson $5.1 million.

With this trade, the Jazz get a back up point guard, and they get a power forward that they have been looking for to team up with Derrick Favors in the low post.

Jack is a pretty good point guard, but not great. He averaged 9.5 points and 4.1 assists per game off the bench last year in Cleveland, but was inconsistent. With Thompson, you bring in another great rebounder next to Favors. Thompson averaged 9.2 rebounds per game last season, to go along with 11.7 points per game.

The trade seems like a pretty decent one for both sides, except the Jazz now have a vacancy at the small forward position. The Jazz just recently drafted Rodney Hood out of Duke, but as a rookie, he is not ready to take on a starting role. The Jazz have been rumored to wanting to bring back Marvin Williams, who could take that spot.

If this trade were to happen, and the Jazz signed Marvin, the rotation could look something like this:

PG – Trey Burke, Jarrett Jack

SG – Dante Exum, Alec Burks

SF – Marvin Williams, Rodney Hood

PF – Tristan Thompson, Jeremy Evans

C – Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter

That rotation, to me, doesn’t really blow you away, but it’s a decent lineup that should win more than 25 games.

This truly is all hypothetical, due to the belief that no matter where Hayward signs, the Jazz would match and bring him back. However, there are other teams, such as the Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns, who are interested in Hayward. We will take a look at those teams options in other articles.

Gordon Hayward could be an extremely good player in the future, but is he worthy of a max deal?

Tags: Gordon Hayward Jarrett Jack NBA Free Agency Tristan Thompson Utah Jazz

  • Rafael Hong

    Tristan thomson is good

  • polljc

    It’s tough for fans to get to excited about players anymore. They don’t care about the fans much of the time. Kidd epitomizes that mindset. Sloan was not perfect but he was solid and loyal -among the last of a dying breed. So coaches are much the same.

  • Grant Jorgenson

    I like this trade alot!! A sign and trade is the way to go even for GH. If he even gets close to max the Jazz fans will turn on him the minute he isn’t coming through like an allstar! (to me if your not an allstar your not a max player ) period!! GH isn’t an all star. I like the young man alot, No head case at all , but with a big contract comes PRESSURE and he doesn’t do well with that! He wants to go back east so if it works for Cleve, Do the S&Trade!

  • tck62

    Cody doesn’t it seem like the 2015 Free Agent class has a whole lot more guys in it that could help long term ? If Hayward signs for more than the Jazz want to pay long term, would a three team deal sending Hayward to Boston, Rondo to Sacramento and the Jazz take Rudy Gay’s $19 million one year contract off the Kings books with a future Kings #1 or the right to swap the 2017 Warriors pick with the 2017 Kings pick work ?

    • Cody Powers

      There will be a lot of free agents next season that can help teams long term, but the majority of players that would may be interested in the Jazz are mainly restricted free agents. The unrestricted free agents that would really make a difference for the Jazz long term, more than likely would sign elsewhere. If that trade were to happen, Sacramento and Utah would be taking on a player who will be an unrestricted free agent after next season, and will most likely leave. Then Utah is in the same position next year that they are currently in. I do like the idea though, just not sure it would happen.