Dallas Mavericks also reportedly interested in Gordon Hayward
Rick Bowmer, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SALT LAKE CITY — Gordon Hayward has visited Cleveland, and he’s reportedly headed to Charlotte early this week.
The restricted free agent’s camp has also chatted with management from the Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns, among others.
Add the Dallas Mavericks to the list of teams who are interested in acquiring the 24-year-old small forward. The versatile 6-foot-8 athlete remains on the Mavs’ wish list, Fort Worth Star-Telegram writer Dwain Price reported late Saturday night.
The Jazz, as has been reported, are closely monitoring the market for Hayward and intend on matching any offers that come his way during this free agency period.
That reportedly has caused some teams to tap the brakes on extending an offer sheet to Hayward, although that is likely to happen sooner than later.
Yahoo Sports reported over the weekend that Hayward still could receive a max offer (about $63 million) from Cleveland if the Cavs strike out on luring LeBron James back to play in his home state.
Cleveland is shopping guard Jarrett Jack around and also hopes to entice the Jazz in doing a sign-and-trade for Hayward, Yahoo Sports reported.
SUMMER LEAGUE CAMP: Rookies Dante Exum and Rodney Hood, back in town for their first practices with the Jazz this week, each threw out first pitches before the Salt Lake Bees game Saturday night.
They're part of a group of about 16 players who will take to the court this week in a minicamp leading up to the NBA Summer League. Sophomore-to-be Trey Burke was among the Jazz players who've recently announced their return to Utah.
“Why is it so hot here in Salt Lake City?” Burke joked on his Twitter account on Saturday with the temperature in the 90s. A moment later, he added, “Who’s in Salt Lake City? This weather is great lol.”
Burke, Exum and Hood will be joined by four other Jazz players under contract — Rudy Gobert (guaranteed) and Ian Clark, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy (nonguaranteed).
The Jazz will host a free scrimmage Thursday night at EnergySolutions Arena at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6) before leaving for Nevada on Friday.
Utah will play at least five games in Las Vegas, beginning with a Saturday matchup with Philadelphia. The summer league tournament runs from July 11-21.
FOND FAREWELL: Guard Diante Garrett was planning on participating with the Jazz’s summer league squad, but those plans changed Friday when Utah and Toronto agreed to a trade. The Jazz will acquire veteran sharpshooter Steve Novak and a future second-rounder for the backup point guard.
Garrett, a fan favorite who was called up to Utah from the D-League in November, tweeted about leaving the Jazz organization on Saturday: “I just want to say thanks 2 @utahjazz for everything and really giving me (a) chance #Jazznation.”
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