The option the Jazz need to go with is to sign Lance Stephenson. They could get
him for 3 or 4 mil cheaper and he has tons of potential! He is a huge risk but
when you are a team like the Jazz and cant land big name guys you must take
If Hayward got the max, you better believe Lance Stephenson will also.
How can Hayward, or any of the others in his same category ability-wise, be
worth any way near max $'s The Spurs have just finished signing all of
their free agents and their whole team is intact for next year. Tim Duncan
signed the last year of his contract. He is the best player on the best team in
the NBA and signed for 10.3 mil. Let Hayward walk or sign and trade him, for
assets, such as a player they need and a first and second round draft pick. or
at least something. No one the Jazz have or can get is worth max money. Sign 2
or 3 players and split the $'s that would otherwise go to Hayward, but
don't pay big money for someone who is not worth it. This over payment
trend has to stop somewhere and it might as well be the Jazz who try to stop it.
these are all terrible options.The Jazz have 2 choices.1. Match2. See if Charlotte will give up some draft pick for a sign and trade, which
would put the Jazz back in complete control of their financial flexibility.I don't thing they'll get any significant picks, so matching
is the likely outcome.Jazzaholic
JR:Reasons for not matching: The 15% trade clause and the 4th year
being a player's option. The downside of both of these is that if Gordon
doesn't work out when the 4th year is approaching, if he wants to go to
another team and can't find a deal, he can opt for the fourth year with the
Jazz, such as was the case with Raja Bell. Only this is much worse with 16
million or so dollars involved. If he is a superstar and doesn't want to
stay, the Jazz would have no say - he would be able to walk away by not opting
for the fourth year. And the 15% trade clause would hurt if the Jazz decided to
trade him. This is a lose-lose situation, in my opinion.The reasons
for matching: The Jazz will get a decent player that they already know and
signing him will bring them closer to the minimum NBA team salary figure.My take: Either do not match him, or sign and trade him for a player or
players and a decent (meaning high) 1st round draft pick. Maybe a three team
trade would work out.
Hayward is not going to bring the Jazz a championship. Guys like Duncan, Kobe,
LeBron, Dirk, Durant bring home championships. You have to have a star player
to win a championship. Hayward will never be a star so why give him Max money?
Let him walk. Sign some players to one year contracts and try again next year
to find a star or trade for one. Keeping Hayward around for 4 years just stunts
the growth of the entire team from winning a championship.