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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 11:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, Aug. 8 2014 9:52 p.m. MDT

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BYU and Jazz Fan
Provo, UT

If Hayward makes the USA team and actually contributes to their success. Does this mean he was worth the max contract the Jazz sign him to?

Hailstorm is a coming
Riverdale, UT

Playing all summer against the NBA's and worlds best should keep him sharp and alert, plus in good physical condition! With the emotional relief after his wedding , and contract fiasco, this may turn out to be a very , very good year for Haywood/( Hood ) position. For Gordon , new coach, new wife , new life.
Bring Your game Haywood.
You made this bed.

PortlandJazzFan
Hillsboro, OR

C'mon, Hailstorm... his name is right in the article's title. **Hayward**

Let's hope you're right about this year though, he has a lot to prove still.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Hayward, Korver and Millsap all tried out for the USA team. All were together on the Jazz. So are you telling me the Jazz had 3 of the top 18 players in the country on their team and still couldn't win a playoff series? Or is USA basketball that bad this year? Hayward might be the luckiest man I know. He gets a max contract (undeserving) and might make the USA team. For a role player, he sure is coming out smelling good. Sometimes being in the right place at the right time is all that matters.

scalman
Temecula, CA

Big dose of praise from one of the top basketball coaches in the country. Keep it going, Gordon. Hope you make the team.
CJ, Coach K said right in the article that Hayward might have moved forward towards the final roster even if George had not been hurt. Also, Hayward probably averaged as many minutes as most of the team last year...add in the amount of touches he gets during a game and he is anything but a role player.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

@CJ Miles
The Jazz not only won a playoff series with Korver and Millsap but actually made it to the Western Conference finals. The difference is that team was coached by Sloan and not Corbin, and they also had an all-star point guard (D Will) and power forward (Boozer). When you take away Sloan, D Will and Boozer the team dropped off even when Big Al was added to the team. That is what made it necessary to make the big changes that we've seen under Lindsey. I do agree that I was opposed to paying Hayward the max but more than anyone I hope he makes me eat my words. I am a big fan of what the Jazz are doing but I think I'm a lot more patient than many Jazz fans out there. Let's see what happens with a new coach and some new young players that are oozing with potential.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Hayward was on a very very horrible team last year and still couldn't put up the numbers. If Hayward were on a playoff team, he would be the 3rd or 4th option.

Korver and Millsap didn't take them to the Western Conference final. That was all Dwill and Boozer along with Fisher. After Dwill and Boozer left, the other 3 never did a thing that amounted to bring success to the Jazz. Thus, Lindsey blew up the team. I always liked Millsap, but he gave away too many points on defense by putting guys on the free throw line all to frequently. Korver never impressed me while in Utah. His defense was horrible at best too.

I think Exum and Hood have more potential than anyone on the Jazz team. The Jazz were rated #25 of all the teams for their off-season moves. That doesn't tell me that the Jazz are interested in making their team better. Other than the draft picks, they did nothing with their cap space to improve this team.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

I agree Haywards numbers were not that inspiring. However, even coach K feels he will thrive playing under Synder and he appears to be playing very well against some of the best in the world right now, again according to coach K.

Korver and Millsap were important pieces on that playoff team. It's players like Korver that open it up underneath for players like Boozer, and Millsap also put up solid numbers backing up Boozer. The Jazz would do well now with an outside shooter like Korver. Hopefully Hood might be that kind of player.

What would you like the Jazz to do with all the cap space CJ? It's difficult to bring in top free agents to a small market team that is not winning. The Jazz best chance is to get some top not draft picks like they're doing and using that extra cap space to resign them after their rookie contracts expire, like they did with Hayward. This is why it is going to take some time to rebuild. We can't just reload like the Lakers and all the other glamor teams in the NBA.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

@CJ Miles

Ty Corbin...was coaching to save his job...not to win games...or to develop players...evidence of this is few minutes for Alec Burks who could have done wonders if given a lot of minutes also who was missing on the coaching staff last year? that was on the team on Hayward's first two years with the Jazz? that's right Jeff Hornacek who was Hayward's shooting coach...the new coaching staff...focuses more on player development which would be beneficial for this young team including Hayward...and Demarre has credited coach snyder for the improvement of his outside shot...i understand you dont like Hayward coz it forced CJ out of the Jazz...just admit it...Hayward is a better overall player than CJ Miles

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Hayward has put up better numbers than CJ but CJ just signed for around 3 million a year, not max money. There are plenty of coaches in the USA that can teach shooting. Hayward has plenty of money to hire his own shooting coach if the Jazz can not provide one for him. Hayward pushing the ball out of his hand and does not let it release normally at the top of his shot. Even I could fix him with a month in the gym. It's not rocket science on how to shoot a basketball. His release point is good, but how he releases the ball is bad. He has no flow in his shot. I am not sold on Burks. He can't shoot the ball as a 2. I would like him a lot if he would become a lock-down defender and then being solely a slasher on offense works for me. The Jazz should have never let Demarre get away.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

What would I do with the cap space? I would go get the best players in the league. Most teams and players don't win championships. How many does Carmelo have? How about Love? How about Durrant? So you can't say that players only want to play where they win championships. Then everyone would sign with the Lakers or San Antonio or play with LeBron. But history shows that players will chase the money. The Jazz have just as good as a chance as Portland, Dallas, Houston etc to sign the best players in the league. Salt Lake is actually a great place for married players to raise their kids. I never hear anyone that plays for the Jazz complain about the city. Small market teams have just as much money as large market teams. With internet and TV access, a player can make money on endorsements anywhere these days. Jazz management just has you all brain-washed into thinking that can't sign big free agents. When's the last time you heard management say, "we tried to sign LeBron, Kobe, etc etc. If you don't try, you fail 100% of the time.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

The best players will be offered max contracts from multiple teams at the end of their current contract and even though the Jazz can offer the same money they will go to LA or Miami or Chicago and not the Jazz. Durrant will stay in OKC because that team is knocking on the door every year for a championship. The Spurs best players will take contracts way below their market value to play for championships. Lebron has a special relationship with Cleveland and so they can sign him but you can see how much a small market team like Minnesota that is not a contender has no chance of keeping an all star player like Love. Carmelo wants the money and the opportunities available of playing in New York so he won't ever wear a Jazz uniform. The best players the Jazz ever had were Stockton and Malone and they were both drafted here and we were lucky to keep them. We have to hope some our young players will become all stars and the Jazz will have the chance to lock them up because they will be restricted free agents when their contracts expire.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Dwill would have stayed in Utah had the Jazz treated him better towards the end. And don't go down the road that he ran Jerry out of town. Jerry left on his own. They could have kept Al Jefferson to play with Favors and let Millsap go. Demarre was an easy signing but they didn't even try. You can't win with Youth in the NBA. But this management team thinks they can. Never will happen. And based on fan's assumptions, no one wants to play in Utah so when they become unrestricted free agents, they will all leave. So why build a team around a bunch of players who will leave? I think the Jazz need to stop whinning about the small market and start selling themselves as a stable franchise that goes to the playoffs every year and start going to the playoffs every year. This rebuilding process is just a smoke-screen for Lindsey not doing his job. Even after Stockton and Malone retired, the Jazz kept on winning and making the playoffs. Give the fans something to cheer about!!!

Man in Charge
Chihuahua, 00

CJ Miles

You are content with an 8th seed in the playoffs. Just come out and admit the truth.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

I am content with the Jazz trying to win every year. Stop giving guys like Hayward, Favors, etc a fee pass to not win and then reward them with big contracts.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

@CJ Miles

you do know...that players often times...limit the teams they would talk to...example...Kevin Love...another example...Lebron James...we may have all the cap in the world...but if that superstar doesnt even consider...moving to Utah...i dont see it happening...to be honest...if we had the team intact...minus corbin as coach...we would have been in the playoffs...right now...with this team...Lindsey put his stamp on it...and i am sure...he'll try to improve it....its not really simple to create a championship team...if it does...every team would have won it...and saying that the team is not trying to win every game...is just a slap to their face....you can see their frustrations..in not winning...if you would see them laughing on a 20 pt defecit...then you can say they are not trying to win...

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