Late Wednesday night, the NBA moratorium was officially lifted, and free agents were now able to officially sign their offer sheets or free agent contracts.
Utah Jazz restricted free agent, Gordon Hayward, did just that, as he officially inked his 4-year, $63 million offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets. Although his offer sheet is officially now signed, the Jazz have the opportunity to match.
As a restricted free agent, the Jazz will have 72 hours to match his contract. According to people close to the situation, the Jazz will have until exactly 11:59 p.m. EST on July 13th to do so.
Jazz fans are pretty split on the amount of money Hayward is getting. There are fans that believe Hayward can earn the max contract, and has a chance to have a better year under a new offensive system with new head coach, Quin Snyder. Others don’t believe that Hayward is worth that kind of money, and that the Jazz shouldn’t consider matching it.
The reports from the Jazz media, as well as the national media, has said that the Jazz have maintained their stance on matching any and all offers for Hayward. Charlotte signed Gordon to a max deal to really see if Utah is going to match, or if they are just bluffing. Many should find out in a short amount of time, the the Jazz aren’t bluffing.