Last week, when the NBA’s moratorium period ended, Gordon Hayward officially signed a 4-year, $63 million offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets. On Saturday, the Utah Jazz matched that deal, bringing Hayward back to Salt Lake City.
Utah has informed Charlotte that the four-year, $63 million offer sheet for Gordon Hayward has been matched, league source tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2014
The news that Hayward’s offer sheet was matched, should really come as no surprise, as the Jazz had said before free agency began that they hoped Hayward was in Utah for a long time. It was also reported that the Jazz had said they would match any and all offers to bring Hayward back to Utah.
According to Wojnarowski, Hayward will sign his new contract with the Jazz today. Hayward has been in Utah putting on a basketball camp.
Hayward’s contract, as mentioned, is for 4-years, $63 million. The contract will include a player option in the fourth year of the contract, as well as a 15% trade kicker, according to Yahoo Sports.
Hayward returning to Utah keeps their young core in tact. Most people were not high on Hayward signing a max deal in free agency, due to the fact that people believed he hasn’t lived up to that deal yet. On the other hand, Hayward should be able to prove that he is worth that kind of money in a new offensive system with new head coach, Quin Snyder, that will give him more room to operate.
Another reason the Jazz more than likely matched this offer sheet, not bringing back Hayward could have pushed the rebuild process in Utah back in a big way.