Comments about ‘Jazz match, Gordon Hayward to sign four-year, $63 million deal to stay in Utah’

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Published: Saturday, July 12 2014 9:55 a.m. MDT

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Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Henry Drummond

Jordan believed no such thing. He knew the Jazz would match any offer (because Dennis Lindsey stupidly said so publicly), so he offered Hayward a max money deal just to force the Jazz to spend more money on a player they could have got for less.

So, in essence, Michael Jordan just ruined the Jazz for another 5 years. Sounds like 1998 again.

Sturgis, MS

I'm happy it is over. I never doubted the Jazz would match but as the old saying goes, "it ain't ver til it is over". If the team stays healthy they will be in the playoffs and go at least past the first round.

I wish camp was opening tomorrow.

Sandy, UT

Please, before we totally eviscerate this young man, can we offer him some support and encouragement? Give him a chance to succeed in a new, faster system? I hope he does not read these posts as they are pretty brutal, for the most part. It's a business, and that is what controlled this whole process, unfortunately. The $$$s are obscene for nearly everybody anymore. And I'm pretty certain that the agents have a huge hand(out)(%)in all of this. But it is what it is. Give him a chance, folks.

Go Jazzboys tonight in Las Vegas! I need a Jazz fix!!

Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

Is this guy really worth $192,000 per game for the next 4 years?

Riley Mendenhall
Provo, UT

Re: Henry Drummond

Michael Jordan also thought Adam Morrison would be good and drafted him 3rd in the 2006 NBA draft.

Jordan was best player of all-time, but he cannot manage a team at all.

Phoenix, AZ

Good Draft, then this Match Making BS with Hayward. Hayward is Mediocre at Best, I don't Blame Hayward for getting as much money as he can for his services, Charlotte and then the Jazz are the Idiots to be Paying him this much. Congrats to Hayward for pulling this one off for himself, lets just hope this doesn't tie the Jazz Hands for the next few years and that Management hasn't screwed this up that bad yet. Ever since Sloan quit this team has been circling the Drain with Coaching and Management decisions. Gotta Love america, 24 and 63M for the next 4 years to bounce a ball and hit not even half your shots…. The American Dream

Anchorage, AK

Henry Drummond, Michael Lordan has yet to show he can manage a club to success. I wouldn't put any stock in his judgment of talent. This was nothing more than a way to yet again stick it to the Jazz. The 2nd generation Millers and Dennis Lindsay are single handedly ruining this ball club. So very sad.

BYU fan of the North
usa, UT

It just cracks me up, how upset people are over the amount of money SOMEBODY ELSE is spending. I am a season ticket holder, and as big of a Jazz fanatic as you will find, but reality is also something that many are failing to see. Hayward is one of the most versatile players in the NBA, and has stats that only guys like Lebron James and Durrant put up across the board. Is he worth max money, maybe not in the common person's mind, but in the mind of a NBA gm, HE IS. Not only were the Hornets going to offer him max money, but the Cavs, Celtics, and possibly a couple other teams other than the Jazz thought he was worth it as well. It is not hurting the Jazz or the their ability to sign their future players, because the Salary cap and luxary tax levels are raised every year. In fact, the cap will be going up significantly over the next 4 years, due to the new collective bargaining agreement. As for those that claimed that he can't play basketball; he has $15 million reasons that says that he can and you can not.

Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

Lindsey one again proves that he was with the Spurs but wasn't making the smart calls. He tanked for nothing!

Littleton, CO

To those who criticize this move...come out of the ether. The Jazz are not going to be able to bring in anyone near Hayward's talent level through free agency. Those with mid-level talent that can help make teams competitive are drawn to the spheres of the super stars. Further, all over the NBA these athletes are being paid astronomical paycheck that are completely out of balance with real life...but that is the market they are in. Overpaying is the name of the game. Be glad that someone with Hayward's ability is a captive to Utah through restricted free agency,and the Jazz can dictate his return. The market has driven his price, and it is moderate in the grand scheme of NBA salaries.


Hayward was drafted as a shooter - he's proven he's not.It has been widely stated that Hayward the common opinion out there is he couldn't handle the pressure of being the "go to guy", the first option on the team. If he thought he's had pressure in the past just wait till this season - he's not a shooter that is all of a sudden going to now become one? He's not a leader, he's not a super-aggressive athlete who can turn it on whenever he wants......he's a glorified role player with a $63 million contract. With his lack of ability and killer-instinct he's going to have a horrible year trying to justify that money when he can't. He thought he felt pressure before? Ha! He's about to find out. Horrible risk Jazz. I predict he will be traded by the 3rd year of this contract for much, much less that what the Jazz just paid. I hope I'm wrong.

Provo, UT

Stupid decision that gives me no hope that this new Jazz management has a clue. Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The similarities between AK and Hayward should have made any clear-thinking person to avoid a max like contract. And if you look at things objectively, not even sure Hayward is even the player AK was back then. Not just a bad move, but another move that will derail the Jazz getting back to some semblance of excellence.

JM Fan
Murray, UT

Good Move. Better coaching and better player development will lead to better results for all players. Losing Hayward would have kept this team out of the playoffs for another 4 years. This contract is cheap. Jazz have a salary floor. You rather have Jordan Hill for $9M a year?

Provo, UT

I wish Hayward was even the player AK was:

Fourth year stats:

AK: 15.6 points per game on 49.3% shooting, actually led the league with 3.3 blocks per game.

Hayward:16.0 points per game on 41.3% shooting. His best stat is assisting 5.2 assists per game.

Yeah, they are similar type players in many respects meaning the Jazz singing him for that kind of money after the AK experience is foolish...

Los Olivos, CA

Good decision. This is the financial reality of the NBA. Bosh, 31 years old, just signed a deal worth $118 million. Parsons' deal is $46 million for only three years. If the point guards get him the ball in the right places, Hayward will be worth his salary.

Temecula, CA

Important comment above from Henry Drummond regarding Michael Jordan. Many intelligent former all-star players such as Kobe Bryant, Doc Rivers and Jeff Hornacek have expressed their admiration for Hayward's versatile skill set and intensity. Buckle your seat belts, doubters.
The Quin Snyder/Brad Jones directed 2014/2015 Utah Jazz show begins tonight.

Bluffdale, UT

Dear Henry Drummond, saying Michael Jordan thought he was worth that kind of money does say a lot. He is one of the worst decision makers in the ownership ranks of the NBA. He picked Kwame Brown number one a few years ago and he turned out be terrible. Two years ago Charlotte was one of the worst teams in the history of the NBA. Michael could play but he's giving Isaiah Thomas competition as a guy who can't evaluate talent. Gordon Hayward may now be the most overpaid player in the league. His shooting percentage from 3 point range last year was around 30 percent and it was 41% from the floor. How anyone can think this will now change haven't seen him take wide open jump shots. It's not pretty.

Cache, UT

Gordon can gain back the fans he lost last year by:
1- Showing enthusiasm in his return to Utah.
2- Becoming a more vocal leader.
3- Learning how to control the basketball while dribbling and shooting the ball better.
4- Having a positive attitude on and off the court.

Morgan, UT

Mr. Drummond,
Mr. Jordan made his millions playing basketball, not managing it. He just took out an old play from the Blazers play book and stuck it to the Jazz. He never wanted GH. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. But, fool me over and over and it proofs the point...there is no fool like an old jazz fool.

Littleton, CO

Iowa Jazz Fan 2

Answer: You never know what the market will bear. Generally speaking, the successful GMs in professional sports allow the market to determine the value of their free agents if there is uncertainty. You win some, you lose some. We won't know for a couple of years how this one will play out. The Jazz are definitely banking on potential and future value with Hayward.

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