Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward inactive for tonight's game

Published: Saturday, Dec. 18 2010 6:24 p.m. MST

MILWAUKEE — Gordon Hayward's roller-coaster rookie season continues to take the 20-year-old on an up-and-down ride.

As Jerry Sloan hinted he might do, the Utah Jazz coach swapped his rookies on the active roster and the inactive list from Friday night's blowout loss in New Orleans.

Second-round pick Jeremy Evans will dress and be available for tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, while Hayward will sit out in dress clothes..

Sloan hadn't had to deal with making inactive list choices before Mehmet Okur returned from his eight-month-long Achilles injury rehab on Friday.

Despite being inactivated for the night, Hayward is trying to maintain a good attitude.

"I just got to keep working, just try to learn what I can from the bench and cheer on my teammates," Hayward said. "I just gotta stay positive. I've just gotta work to get better and hopefully improve."

After three starts and struggling games, Hayward had one of his best games of his NBA career on Friday night. The Butler standout scored seven points — only the third time he's had more than five points — and grabbed three rebounds.

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