I think Rock's article on Hayward is about as accurate as his article on
Jeff H. adjustment period coaching the Suns. I would like to build a team around
Hayward. I believe he can lead a team to become NBA champions.Jazz
management is counting on the restricted free agent hammer to hold Hayward.
Don't be surprised when he signs the qualifying offer which is for one
year.USA basketball has picked him as one of the best 28 American
players. Favors did not get included.
While I agree with your analysis of the current Jazz position with Hayward, the
problem is they have to sign the contract before they know if they have a
superstar to put next to him. That could happen next year or the year after. If Burke learns to pass the ball at the appropriate time, Hayward could
be a 20 pt per game guy. Right now Burke wants to be the show, so we'll
see how that turns out. I've always felt the reason the Jazz
didn't sign the extension was they wanted to see how the 2014 draft turned
out. DL seems like too much of a money ball player, and he makes decisions like
signing John Lucas that don't seem to make much sense given the fact that
everyone in the NBA knows Lucas has never seen a shot he didn't like or
want to take. He's totally incompatible with this team but Corbin is hung
with him mostly because DL really likes him.Hayward is worth the $50
mil for a lot of reasons and the Jazz should keep him and Favors for their
Hayward is getting better as the season progresses. Guess what? He has a
pattern of doing this. Go back and look at his stats. He starts each season
poorly and gets better as the months roll by.If you are looking for
difference makers on this team I would say he is third. As the team/players
currently exist Trey Burke is the #1 impact player as evidenced by our horrific
start and immediate turn around once he was starting.2nd is Derrick
Favors. Favors defends the middle and patrols the paint and changes a boatload
of shots every single game. We lose when he is not in the linuep because Kanter
can't guard his own grandmother let alone the rim.Hayward is
third because he can score and do other things that "help" the team
win.Last night we watched Kanter go in and out of the lineup
exchanging places with Gobert who is raw and green. Gobert in the deficit
dropped by 10-13 points. Kanter in immediately a layup drill by Minnesota.
There is no denying. Kanter is Al Jefferson his mentor.Anyways, to
summarize Hayward is not a franchise player but rather a complementary player.
Hayward still shows signs of greatness but also not being there all the time.
Like him on the team but if Jazz could get some good pieces from lets say a
three way trade with Boston included then I woulod pull the trigger.Problem with last nights game is when Ty plays Lucas at all he is throwing in