Utah Jazz plan to make offer to Gordon Hayward as free agency frenzy begins

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  • CJL2020 Provo, UT
    July 2, 2014 5:41 p.m.

    It seems like the majority of the fans agree that while Hayward normally does provide some reasonably good stats, he really isn't a go to guy in the clutch and that he also really isn't worth bringing back if his agent gives the FO a poison pill (max contract) to swallow. Personally I'd have no problem letting him walk, especially if he does a moneygrabber. In general the guy just comes across way as being way too timid. He's just the opposite of a player like Malone that liked to stand up to any kind of NBA bullying and even deliver plenty of his own personal punishment when push comes to shove at the end of the game. Or a player like D Williams, all the great Jazz players had a really gritty toughness for digging out a win. Stockton once said that he'd rather cut of a finger than a lose a game. To me Hayward is the kind of player that gets beat up by the other kids on the play and then needs to go home to mom and have her make it all better.

  • grantterry West Valley City, UT
    July 1, 2014 3:49 p.m.

    I agree with Tinn- GH is a good compliment player to work off of other good players. He hustles all the time on the court so no complaints on attitude and not giving it his all-he does- but NOT to break the bank on please. I wonder if even he doesn't agree with that. So if getting all he can for him and his fam. then good luck at looking a pressure biting in the behind, and you wishing you were still with the Jazz family making 10 mill. a year and loving the direction we're going !

  • RSL* Why, AZ
    July 1, 2014 1:57 p.m.

    I am worried that we may have another Andrei Kirilenko scenario. He is not worth the full payout since he is not consistent at all. I like him for the right price, but not for the full payout. I have a feeling that if he leaves Utah, he may do better in other markets like Arizona and that is why the Jazz are afraid of letting him go.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    July 1, 2014 12:51 p.m.

    Looks like the Jazz are learning. Jazz let the "market decide" on Mo Williams, Millsaps and the fellow that went to Portland. Jazz pretty much know what Hayward wants so hopefully this contract will reflect that otherwise expect another team to offer him a bunch.

    AK47 never quit playing hard. He should be still playing for the Jazz. The Jazz turned the team over to Williams and Boozer and blamed AK for all their shortcomings.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    July 1, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    The "rumors" that the Jazz are going to match could just be a sly negotiating ploy by the Jazz, to try to scare other teams away from offering a max deal. If the Jazz wanted him for a max-type deal, they could have had him last season. His play this season was OK but certainly should not have increased the Jazz's desires to have him back for a max contract. If he indeed gets a max-type deal from another team, I'm not certain that the Jazz will match. The Jazz, however, are so far under the cap that they may overpay for him and then get a lot of cheap players at other positions.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 1, 2014 11:56 a.m.

    Do people honestly believe the Jazz are going to bring back Carlos Boozer to rescue Chicago from their salary cap problems? Sorry Bulls, he's all yours now.

  • SD_UtahUter San Diego, CA
    July 1, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    On Sportscenter, as ESPN was projecting what it would take to resign their Big3, I saw Hayward pop up in the SG list with his projected salary. They project his salary at $10.5 Million, which I think is about right. I even asked a few friends at work who are into hoops (I live in San Diego) what they think Hayward is worth. They say about about $9-11 Million, but definitely not Max. They think he's a good player, but not a star yet. So I'm curious to see if Phoenix/Boston will actually offer him a Max contract. They too have to consider the risk of tieing up their Salary Cap. The Jazz should definitely match any offer, and frontload it since they still doesn't hurt them now. He would be at minimum a good trade asset. It would also be awesome if they could somehow land Chandler Parsons. He's a great 2 way player and would be perfect for the Jazz. If Bulls amnesty Boozer, I bet Jazz pick him up as a backup PF. He would be cheap for a year. Let's see what happens..

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    July 1, 2014 11:01 a.m.


    "Still don't understand why they let Millsap go."

    Maybe he wanted to go. Nobody knows for sure.

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    July 1, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    I wouldn't give him a max deal. I hope they make the deal frontloaded so they can keep some of their other players when the time comes.

  • Tenn12 Orem, UT
    July 1, 2014 9:40 a.m.

    Those who can't stop singing Hayward's praise are simply forgetting history. Rewind back several years and look at Andrei Kirilenko. I encourage you all to look at Andrei's stats before he received his max contract. I'll give you a spoiler, they are very very similar to Hayward's. Both averaged 16 pts a game on a bad team. Kirilenko though shoot a superior FG percentage. How scary is that??? Hayward shot 41 percent from the field last year, Kirilenko consistently shot over 44. Rebounds, assists, and on down the line they are similar. How did Kirilenko's contract work out? Was he worth his max deal? I think everyone knows the answer to that. I fear sometimes we are blinded by Hayward because he's a nice, clean cut, white guy that is a nice basketball player. But let's not kid ourselves, just like Kirilenko, we WILL regret giving him a max deal. It will set the franchise back years financially and keep us in the lottery.

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    July 1, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    Still don't understand why they let Millsap go.

  • gehelmke Bastrop, TX
    July 1, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    Basketball is a many faceted game.....and Hayward has the best total command of all those facets I've seen in a long time.....He can pass, shoot, rebound, defend, steal, block shots, and do them all well. Last season, he was the focus of opponent's defenses, and he still managed to lead the team in scoring and steals and finish in a virtual tie with Burke for the team lead in assists....To have a "shooting" guard lead the team in assists is notable, and it indicates Hayward's "team first" attitude...In my opinion, it would constitute a major mistake to let this kid get away.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    July 1, 2014 7:57 a.m.

    Kent Bazemore of the Lakers is a free agent and he was defensive leader in his conference in college and last season he averaged above 13 ppg. Seems he might be able to play Jazz style game of defending as well as having a stroke on the ball.

    Hayward loves the attention he is getting but he was disappointing last season as a go to guy. HE lacks the Kobe killer instinct but I hope he can figure a way to stay with the Jazz.