Jan 11, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) drives to the basket against the Atlanta Hawks during the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 105-93. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Gordon Hayward agrees to offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets

Utah Jazz restricted free agent, Gordon Hayward, has agreed to an offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

For most people, the news shouldn’t come as too much of a shock, as Hayward has spent the last two days in Charlotte meeting with the front office and coaching staff. David Aldridge reported earlier on Tuesday that the Hornets felt very good about their meeting with Hayward, but the Jazz still maintained their stance on matching any offer that Hayward signed.

Hayward’s offer with the Hornets is for the maximum amount according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The maximum deal is for 4-years, $63 million.

The Jazz, as Aldridge pointed out, have said that they will match any and all offers for Gordon, and they hope that Gordon will remain in Utah for a long time. After the report that Hayward had agreed to an offer sheet, the talk among NBA media with knowledge of the situation, were all stating that it was believed whatever the number was, the Jazz will match.

Hayward can’t officially sign the offer sheet until the NBA’s moratorium is lifted on July 10th. At that time, the Jazz will then have 72 hours to where they can either match the offer or let Hayward walk. The Jazz also own the “bird rights” to Hayward, meaning that if they feel as though they could find a better deal, they could do a sign-and-trade to send Hayward to Charlotte, as well as receive some type of compensation.

Most every sign points to the Jazz matching the offer and Hayward playing in a Jazz uniform next season. On an interesting note, on Tuesday evening, the Utah Jazz summer league team practiced to prepare for their first summer league contest on Saturday night in Las Vegas against the Philadelphia 76ers. Jazz point guard, Trey Burke, was asked about Hayward’s current free agency situation.

If he comes back, great. If he doesn’t, best of luck. We’re behind him whatever he ends up doing. ~ Trey Burke, Utah Jazz


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  • Sunny Boy

    So if he gets offered a max contract, do the jazz need to match that or offer him the max contract that they can offer? Just a little unclear how that works. And if they only have to match,why would a team offer a player more? Just to get a fifth year?

  • cam

    They just match it. The reason a team offers so much is because they are trying to call the jazz out on a bluff. The Hornets are testing to see if the jazz really want Gordon and Gordons agent is trying to get Gordon as much money as the market will give him. So by offering so much money, the Hornets are trying to get the jazz not to match the offer. If they don’t match it within 72 hours of it actually being signed then Gordon becomes a hornet.That’sthe trick with restricted free agency. I feel like If there is a way to pull a lot of assets from the hornets, I say sign and trade. If you can get noah vonleh, two first round picks and a second round pick, I say pull the trigger. I love Gordon but if there is a way to get some valuable assets that could potentially get an excellent player in the Draft by trading up with these picks, drop Gordon and take the assets.