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.
Gordon Hayward has agreed to an offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets, the Observer has learned.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 9, 2014
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