Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors on board; Gordon Hayward next?

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  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Oct. 29, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    Let him become a restricted free agent, then they will know his true worth.

    GO UTES!

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Oct. 29, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    Woodsy the Owl here....

    "Who? Who? Who? WHO??"

    - A Lakers Fan

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    It sounds to me after reading the article that the only thing that is holding up negotiations to sign Gordon Hayward is his agent. Unfortunately, Gordon is listening to his agent to his detriment. Reading between the lines, I see little hope of signing him. Two issues are working against signing Hayward. The first is that I think Gordon Hayward knows in the off-season as a free agent, he will command a very big contract from some team. I am sure his agent has told him as much. The second reason is that the Jazz know they can either draft or trade for a quality player at that position without paying nearly as much, thus freeing up money for other players. Because of these two issues working against each other, I see little hope that Hayward will sign before the deadline. I don't see the motivation on Hayward's part and I don't see the Jazz being sucked into a bad contract with so many options before them.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Oct. 29, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    Ideal situation...Hayward steps in...and just accepts the same contract as Favors...and commits to the core of the Jazz...commits to the team....to the franchise and to the fans...it is always ugly...during contract negotiations...end of the day...everyone wants to get paid...i think he is smart enough to live with a ton of money that Favors had...what if for some strange reason...Hayward ends up in Indiana...and builds a dynamic wing combo with Paul George...like T-Mac and Vince Carter...let's just hope Hayward gets the big picture...and signs a decent contract that doesnt restrict the franchise...play his game here....we get lucky and land one of the top 3 picks...and get Parker...

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    Hayward has impressive stats for being thrown into a team in flux, new players, new coach, new system. Seems to me he can survive in nearly any location in the league.

    For me I hope his agent comes to terms with the Jazz. In the past the Jazz have shown a willlingness to match compteing offers ie Millsap and they have also shown the willingness to step back and let quality players go when the price gets inflated.

    With great players aging in rich cities ie Dirk, Kobe etc there is no shortage of GM's looking to pick up quality players with their owners money. It is hard to predict but next season Haywards worth in the league may be substantial and if the Jazz are forced to match they then cut their own throat with keeping their core together in the long run.

    For this reason I hope they are able to negotiate with Haywrds agent and the JAzz can continue to watch his development as a member of the Jazz and not a member of Trailblazers or Maveriks or Suns.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Oct. 29, 2013 6:06 a.m.

    Hayward is a good player... but is he the great player that the Jazz need at that position?

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Oct. 29, 2013 1:08 a.m.

    Paul George's Agent...is the same agent of Gordon Hayward...it seems that the Hayward's agent is trying to get a Paul George type of contract for Hayward....i think...Hayward needs to step up...and instruct his agent...to accept whatever it is on the table...he hasn't even named Player of the week...im not against him...im actually a fan of his game...i just find it weird that he let his agent do the talking....