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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There are plenty of high draft picks from the last few drafts who haven't quite found their footing in the NBA as of yet. A handful of them are free agents and could be had for a very reasonable price. None of them are expecting a huge payday so adding a couple of them would be possible. The most interesting of the bunch are Al-Farouq Aminu, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson, Jan Vesely and Evan Turner.

Aminu is a great rebounder for the small forward position and a solid defender who is only 23. Henry bounced around after being selected in the first round in 2010, but proved he could score during his lone season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson also revived his career with the Lakers last year. He is a gifted athlete who can do a bit of everything on the floor.

Vesely hasn't had great luck in the NBA but hasn't had much of a chance either. When he has found minutes, Vesely showed the ability to be a sold rebounder and shot blocker.

Turner is the most intriguing of all. He was having a career year in 2013-14 when the Philadelphia 76ers traded him to the Indiana Pacers at the deadline. He was on a similar career path to Hayward before that move, but struggled with the Pacers and lost all of his leverage. Turner doesn't have great touch from the outside but knows how to score the ball. He is also a stat stuffer just like Hayward and is a solid defender.
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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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