Utah Jazz restricted free agent, Gordon Hayward, has already met with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and has received phone calls from teams like the Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics. Another team that is now requesting a meeting with the versatile swing man, is the Charlotte Hornets.
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward will visit the Charlotte Hornets next week, the Observer has learned. Story to follow.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 4, 2014
The meeting with the Hornets is set to happen either Monday or Tuesday according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders.
The Hornets have room to where they could sign Hayward to a max contract offer. The move, if signed and the Jazz don’t match the offer, Hayward would be reunited with a former Jazz player in Al Jefferson.
If Hayward were to end up in Charlotte, the starting lineup for the Hornets could possibly look like this:
PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Gordon Hayward
PF – Cody Zeller
C – Al Jefferson
After coming off a year where they made the playoffs, the Hornets are looking to make a better run this upcoming season. Adding Hayward to the roster, also adds a shooter that the Hornets desperately needed last year to take some pressure off of Big Al.
The Hornets are also wrapping up the NBA Draft, like all other teams, and came out with two first round picks that could help off the bench in Noah Vonleh out of Indiana, and P.J. Hairston from the University of North Carolina, and also spent last year in the NBA D-League with the Texas Legends.
The meeting really should come as no surprise, since Charlotte was rumored once free agency opened, to be interested in Hayward. The Jazz also own the “bird rights” to Hayward, so if they end up deciding they don’t want to match the offer, they could do a sign and trade to bring back some compensation. However, the Jazz have been rumored to saying they will match any and all offers that teams throw at Hayward.