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Published: Tuesday, July 8 2014 11:10 p.m. MDT

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Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I think they're hoping for a sign and trade. They really don't have much cap space while the Jazz do.

Carnak
Salt Lake City, UT

Let me know when he is moving and I will help him pack.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

I will try to be reasonable. Two separate thoughts. I think the Jazz match the offer sheet if they feel the rebuilding period to get back to the playoffs is 4 years and they don't really want to pursue a high profile player during that period and continue to play the youngsters. This helps keep them at the NBA minimum player salary and it doesn't hold them hostage for more than 4 years. On the other hand, I don't think Hayward proved last year that he is a leader or a consistent player for 48 minutes. His shot is very suspect and his defense is horrible. But he does help the team more than hurt it. So if the Jazz need to waste money for the next 4 years, re-sign him. If not, I would use the money to get two above average vets to come in and try and try and reach the playoffs now. Chandler Parsons is an option for less money. I am sure there are others too. Deng in Chicago is worth the money over Hayward.

exchief62
ST GEORGE, UT

If the Jazz match this offer they are insane..

kaysvillecougar
KAYSVILLE, UT

Michael Jordan was an amazing player, but as an owner, ahem, not so much. I really don't think the Jazz should give Gordon a max deal, especially with his shooting percentages last yr.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

now that Hayward has officially signed an offer...which is very overpaid...i hope the Jazz begins talks for a sign and trade deal...involving Cody Zeller and/or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist....and a 1st round draft pick...as good as Hayward is...its just too much...they are paying for potential...and what could be production from him...not because of what he has accomplished during the past 3 years...Now...the Jazz have three days to match...and i hope a sign and trade deal would work out....i think he will be effective there...since he won't be the main guy...and i think he'll complement Kemba and Big Al well...and would add some honest D...a definite upgrade from Gerald Henderson...the hornets are now scary....with Big AL Vonleh Hayward Kemba MKG and Hairston

General
Alpine, UT

USA Today is reporting that Hayward says he doesn't want to play for the Jazz. It would be interesting to hear what others have to say about that.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

This is plainly not good news. He is not worth that kind of money. His value has peaked. If it is still possible, the Jazz should work out a "sign and trade".

jazz4ever
San Mateo, CA

Impressive offer and we should certainly be happy for him. However, I do feel Jazz should not match it. His positives are good player, good attitude and all-star level skill and talent. But in the 4 yrs with Jazz, he has not shown that extra bit which is required to be the undisputed leader of a team. He reminds me of Keith Van Horn, who I liked very much. Gordon may achieve a little more or less than him in his NBA career but my prediction is it will be similar. Worth the max even then? Lets see what Jazz Mgmt decide.

Jefe-Ute
SLC, UT

Match the deal and let Hayward play a year under Snyder. If he is still shooting a low percentage or doesn't drastically improve in other areas, then trade him.

chiksika
Hyrum, UT

He put Butler on the map, and now he can choose where on the map he wants to live. Great kid, great athlete. One that is good for kids.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

Another example of one who has done so little for so much.

cmsense
Kaysville, UT

Lets not be encumbered by another Kirlinko sized contract for a good but not great player. Let him go. We can find better values out there.

AFCoug
Colorado Springs, CO

As much as I hate it I think the Jazz match this contract. I have felt Hayward does not want to be in Utah for some time. I would not be suprised if he played down slightly last year and becomes an all star once he leaves, not because of coaching but because he is out of Utah and getting the max, his primary goals. Signing Hayward to a max deal though hinders Utah's future flexability and chances of landing other free agents. I'd rather go out and sign a couple $10M guys than this offer. Even go get a guy for $12-$14M. they are out there and available.

Burks has shown more improvement year over year and Jazz should lock him up for the long term this summer. Kanter is still a mystery and I would wait another year to extend him.

The one good thing about matching is in 2 yrs the salaray cap will go up with the new TV deal. At that time a $16M max today would likely be equivaqlent of a $12-$13m offer which is about right for Hayward.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

The Jazz ought to let him go. IF he wants that type of money, then he needs to become a money player. These big contracts are ridiculous for someone that has average stats. If he'd average 30 points a game and plays like Jerry West, then he might be worth it.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Good work if you can get it. The NBA is a group of private business people and can pay whatever they want, and that is a good thing.

But, seriously, paying a person $65 million for 4 years to run around a gym and throw a ball through a hoop?

What will be the combined salary of the entire staff of the life-saving Huntsman Cancer Institute over the next four years? How about the combined salary of the Utah National Guard, or an active duty aircraft carrier and its escort ships' crews as they defend our freedom? What about the combined salaries of all of Utah's school teachers for the next four years?

Heck, what does it cost to pay 535 Senators and Congressmen for four years- but that may not be as good an expenditure as for a single ball thrower.

Our priorities are out of wack. Badly.

Amazed
Bountiful, UT

Jordan sticking it to the Jazz one more time! Gotta luv it!

Veracity
Morgan, UT

Do not let the door hit you on the way out.

JazzMan
Centerville, UT

Let him walk. He's not a max player so let him cripple Charlotte's future instead of the Jazz's.

RSL*
Why, AZ

I could see him as a great player if he was not the only play-maker on the team like last year on the Jazz. He could not handle the pressure. But if the team has other players that can relieve that stress for next year then I could see him being worth that kinda of money. But I also worry he could be like AK-47 and be a money pit.

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