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
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?