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Published: Thursday, Oct. 31 2013 11:30 p.m. MDT

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Logan, UT

Let him go if needs be. Just don't do a Kirilenko.

Ivins, UT

The way Harris played against OKC Hayward better be looking over his shoulder. I like Hayward and I think he has some great potential, but he still has a lot to prove before he becomes worth as much as he and his agent seem to feel he is worth.

Tokyo, Japan

Hayward should understand that he isnt Paul George yet...can he prove he can do it? im not sure...seeing the pre-season and the first game of the year...there is no way that kind of performance is an all-star performance one....at least we have Alec Burks...if we got the first pick...Hayward leaving would be nice...he'd eat up the spot of either Jabari parker or Wiggins...


Too bad for the Jazz. Now faced with cutting Haywards minutes this year or developing him for another team. He's not shown the loyalty to the Jazz described in the article. This will make his team mates wonder about his long term commitment. definitely not good. Sixty million not enough for you??? Sit him on the bench and start looking elsewhere. At lesat he has some trade value right now.

Mark from Montana
Davis County, UT

I gave up on pro sports years ago for this very reason. I realized it was all about money, with all parties interested in nothing but separating the fans and their money. The might be loyalty on one side or the other, and at times both, but for the most part loyalty only goes as far as the size of the check. Miami and the three big ones are the perfect example.

College sports are exactly the same, only those involved never talk about the money.


Great job by Dennis Lindsey! This shows us how strong of a GM we have. He did not panic out of fear that Hayward might get more money. The fact that Hayward was seeking more than Favors is ridiculous. In my mind, you have to prove that you can put a team on your back and carry them into the postseason in order to earn that money, and Hayward has not even come close to that. He has shown flashes, but there is nothing wrong with the Jazz just waiting and seeing. If Hayward is a stud this year, THEN we can pay him with no problem. But after watching the opener, I think there is a strong possibility that Alec Burks becomes the stud of the future, and if we overpay Gordon, there won't be the money there for Alec and Enes. Anyway, great job Jazz! We can't afford max contracts for all our young promising guys, so this was the right move.

Temecula, CA

This is disappointing. I have always been a Hayward fan, and I believe that the Jazz need him to one day vie for a championship. That said, I believe that Favors is equally as valuable long term, and I understand the Jazz being reluctant to offer Hayward a sweeter deal than the one signed already with Derrick.

Cache, UT

Some of the luster is now missing from GH.

American Fork, UT

Hayward not interested in Utah.... sad. Bring in Jimmer.

Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm fine with athletes getting a lot of money. But my opinion of Gordon Hayward just went down quite a bit. Is he even in the top half of NBA players? Seriously? He still hasn't learned to shoot consistently. In four years his hops are gone and we've got new Larry Kryskowski with a max contract. Gimme a break. Gordon, if you're reading, fire your agent. And also, take a reality check. You're not Michael Jordan.

Mesa, AZ

Favors greatest contribution will be on the defensive side of the the ball. We need offense. Hayward does NOT give you offense. Look at his preseason shooting percentage. In the 30% plus range. Look at his shooting percentage in the first game. Enough said. He does not have a natural shot. A pure shooter he is not. His shot is very mechanical. One day he is on, the next day he is 4 for 16. You want Paul George money but you ain't Paul George.

Saint Louis, MO

Hayward did not deserve more money than Favors. Sounds like his agent is "inflating his ego" and his head. Agents get a sizeable chuck.

kennewick, WA

good coverage of a sad story. hope you folks will find out how much difference. had higher hopes for Hayward's dad to get involved. his best situation in NBA is in Utah.

Greeley, CO

More than Favors? Really? Thank you Jazz for not overpaying


the jazz should really just look to trade him now.. another team will offer him the deal he wants in the summer; and the jazz will be faced with the same exact decision that they just passed on...

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

Hayward is a baller but he's no Paul George. Now it is all on him to prove he is worth the 50+ million he and his agent were seeking. I expect him to give his absolute best effort this season to prove his worth. It will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure.

Herrmian, UT

As Seinfeld said, in the end we are all just rooting for laundry

Orem, UT

Where is that little boy we drafted?

I'm glad we didn't give him what he was seeking. I like the kid, but he has yet to prove he is a big time winner.

Tokyo, Japan


you are right...these agents are poisons...they let their clients think they are better than they really are...If he proves he can be that main option...im all for him getting paid...but...a big but...if we get a top 3 pick...i would let him walk if i get either Jabari or Wiggins...is hayward valuable? yes...he'd be a good player...is he worth 10M? no...unless he dominates the rest of the season...and becomes a sure fire all-star....and people start talking about him....then yes...until that happens...he is just worth 5M a year...there's going to be a lot of bad tweets going towards Hayward's way...after what happened...im thinking he'd reunite with his old coach in Boston...and think about it...Greg Monroe...Eric Bledsoe and Hayward are all restricted free agents...you get a young core right there...

Orem, UT

I concur with all the comments above. Hayward simply is not a max player and to value him above Favors would have destroyed any future for the Jazz. That said, he would be very high in trade value at this time. We have two first round picks for the upcoming draft. If we were to trade him to a struggling team for a third first round pick, we could make a commanding step toward our future as a team. We might even trade him to Sacramento for Jimmer and their first round pick and we could then have a shooting guard we could bring off the bench. I am sure the fans would love that to happen.

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