Now it will linger all season, with Hayward and the Jazz likely to be continually asked for future intentions.
“Gordon is a player who shows a lot of promise. I think we’ve seen a lot of growth and development with him over the last few years, and I’m very interested in keeping him as a member of the Utah Jazz,” Miller said Monday. “The sooner we can get all that worked out, the sooner it’s not going to be a distraction. I’m hoping that we can get that done sooner than later.”
Later it is. Or never.
Both sides took a risk in not settling this before next offseason.
A strong season by Hayward would increase his already high stock, making him an enticing target next summer. Teams with a lot of cap space could try to make a toxic offer and even throw more money at the athletic 6-foot-8 player than the Jazz had hoped to pay.
The opposite is also true.
A rough season or injury by Hayward could decrease his potential value, putting him at possible risk of receiving less than the Jazz offered this fall.
Bartelstein said the sides just decided to “take a pause” on the talks, which will resume next offseason.
“(Hayward) has been treated great from the coaching staff, the front office and the Millers,” the Jazz player’s agent added. “All that is positive. It’s not going to be anything but positive. Sometimes these deals are tough to get done.”
Favors made it clear he wants Hayward to be part of the franchise’s future with him.
“It’s very important (to sign him). Me and Gordon, we’ve been together for going on three years. We’ve been to the USA camp together, so we’ve got a good chemistry going,” Favors said. “With Enes (Kanter) and Alec (Burks) and all those guys, they’ve been wonderful teammates. It’s important to keep the young core together, so we can build the chemistry and move forward to the future.”
Earlier this week, the Jazz exercised team options to keep Kanter and Burks in Utah for their fourth seasons (2014-15).
Lindsey was asked at Favors’ press conference how the Jazz balance the desire to protect the team’s best interest and the feelings of the players during negotiating processes.
While admitting there are “always things said” while two sides work out deals, Lindsey added: “It’s amazing when you comport yourself the right way and when you have the truth on your side.”
For now, though, the Jazz only officially have Hayward on their side through the end of this season.
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