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

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

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The Hornets have some nice young pieces who haven't panned out quite the way that anybody expected, but still have plenty of value and potential. The two names that come to mind are Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller. Neither has been overly impressive during their time with the Hornets, but that is part of the growing pains most players experience when coming into the NBA.

Kidd-Gilchrist isn't much of an offensive weapon, but he is only 20 and already has shown the ability to be a very good wing defender. Zeller had a decent rookie year and would be a great fit for the Jazz as a stretch four. He doesn't have NBA 3-point range on his jumper, but is a solid face-up big who will only get better.
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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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