Dec 30, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) dribbles the ball while defended by Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson (9) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 83-80. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Gordon Hayward scheduled to meet with Charlotte Hornets

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.

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

SF – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

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.

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  • Richard Coleman

    I think most Jazz fans are secretly hoping he ends up signing with another team. I like Hayward but not at a contract above 10 million + a year. If the hornets did a sign and trade like Vonleh for the rights to Hayward I wouldn’t even hesistate for a second.

    • Cody Powers

      Whether most fans secretly hope for Hayward to be gone or not, the Jazz will match any contract and he will be back next year. Dennis Lindsey will do what he feels is the best thing for this team, and the best thing is to bring back Gordon. He may not have proven himself as a max player yet, but in this league, the better teams have a quality “point forward”. The Jazz could potentially have that with Gordon. Give him some time, but he will earn that max contract.