Jazz match, Gordon Hayward to sign four-year, $63 million deal to stay in Utah
Cleveland flew Hayward to visit with the Cavaliers, who considered offering him a deal. Boston and Phoenix were among the others to show interest.
However, the Jazz have insisted all season that Hayward was a part of the franchise's future. Lindsey believes Snyder can help enhance the swingman's skills, so Utah isn't too concerned about paying his hefty contract.
"Relative to Gordon and the dollars, look we’re very comfortable with who he is," Lindsey said. "We’re very comfortable with the age that he’s at."
The Jazz GM mentioned Hayward's "pristine health" and then rattled off a list of his qualities: "24 (years old), versatile, athletic, compliant, hard-working."
Added Lindsey: "It just sounds like a natural fit for the Utah Jazz."
Hayward, the No. 9 pick of the 2010 draft, averaged 12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his first four NBA seasons after leading Butler to the NCAA championship game.
Last year, Hayward struggled with his shooting, but he was only one of five players in the league to average 16 points (16.2), five assists (5.2) and five rebounds (5.1).
Lindsey added that he's glad to have both Hayward and big man Derrick Favors in the fold for the next four years. Favors signed a $47 million-plus deal last October before negotiations between the Jazz and Hayward ceased without a resolution.
Both players, the general manager said, will have key seats at the "decision-making table" as Utah shapes its future.
"We’re going to include Derrick and Gordon about the things that we’re going to do going forward," Lindsey said, "whether it's style of play or who we add to the team."
Hayward wasn't available for a comment, but his agent said he's glad to have the business part taken care of.
"The Jazz have made a wonderful statement about how they feel about Gordon," Bartelstein added. "Now he'll go back and play his heart out for the Jazz organization and the fans like he always has."
Asked if the Jazz-Hayward relationship needs to be repaired after this process Lindsey referred to a conversation the two had Saturday morning. Parts were serious, but there were light moments, too. By the end, Lindsey said both were "thrilled" about the situation.
"Gordon’s a smart guy. He understands negotiations. We went through that process," Lindsey said. "I think at the end of the day good people always rule the day. I think he understands that we’re an organization of our word and that we’re good for players and we believe in him."
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