Options the Jazz should consider before matching the deal for Gordon Hayward

Published: Wednesday, July 9 2014 3:04 p.m. MDT

Michael Jordan is causing Jazz fans fits all over again. Sixteen years ago, Jordan did it with a free-throw line jumper. This time around, he is doing it with his checkbook. Thanks to Jordan and his Charlotte Hornets, the Utah Jazz will have to pay max dollars for the opportunity to bring Gordon Hayward back into the fold. All indications are that is what the Jazz will do once the moratorium is lifted and players can sign on the dotted line.

That has created quite a stir among many fans who believe that Hayward isn't worth that kind of money at this point in his career. Nightmares of an Andrei Kirilenko max deal are often mentioned when re-signing Hayward is the topic at hand.

While re-upping Hayward at max money is an interesting proposition, it isn't nearly as bad as the contract that Kirilenko received from the Jazz brass. The Jazz will still have plenty of cap flexibility with Hayward back in town and won't have to worry about the luxury tax threshold. Although matching the Hornets' offer isn't a bad move, there are still plenty of other options the Jazz should explore before putting pen to paper.

Here is a look at some of the options that the Jazz should consider before matching on Gordon Hayward.

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oldcougar
Orem, UT

Kamas and Huntsville are not on the Wasatch Front, but I'm sure their burgers are good.

Donald
Rexburg, ID

Give the max contract to Deng, He has proven he can dominate..

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

I heard LeBron wants to play with Rudy Gobert so let's make it happen!!!

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Deng is a much better player than Hayward. The Jazz could get 3 good players for the price of Hayward. You know it is going to happen, the Jazz will match.

jazz4ever
San Mateo, CA

The names that come to mind are Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Shawn Marion and Vince Carter.???? Please no! All 4 of them... who I do like. But let the new coach work with the young team first for couple of years before we add pieces who will only be a distraction and take away precious minutes from the developing players. Richard Jefferson all over again!!!

cptandrus
mountain view, WY

The only option that you mention that passes mustard is going after former high draft picks. The only problem is that that option is open whether you sign Hayward's offer sheet or not. The rest of the options are bad ideas. Yes go find the diamond in the ruff if you can find it but doing well on a bad team and then disappearing on a good team upsetting the chemistry of the team is a poison pill al la even turner. Sign Hayward, search for that diamond in the ruff and have some good luck doing so is the best outcome for this summer of Hayward discontent.

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