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Report: Jazz in talks to give Gordon Hayward 8-figure a year extension

Oct 21, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

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Apparently Utah’s front office is sold that Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward are key parts of the future of this franchise, that their development will leap to new levels. So, no pressure Ty Corbin (a coach already considered on the hot seat).

Utah is saying all that with their money. Friday we found out the Jazz are about to give Favors a four-year, $49 million extension. Not cheap, but big men with potential get paid in this league.

Hayward has shown more of his potential and as the starting small forward was likely the Jazz’s go-to scorer this season. He also was eligible for an extension — and he’s going to get a big one, reports Marc Stein of ESPN:

Hayward’s role has expanded each of his three years with the Jazz — he had a usage rate of 22.1 last year (meaning he used about 22 percent of the team possessions when he was on the court) and that number was expected to go up this season.

Hayward can shoot the rock — 41.5 percent from three last season and from the midrange he was good on the right side of the court, 44.7 percent, but just 29.3 from the left side — and he can create his own shot off the dribble. He’s not a great defender against other threes but he works hard on that end of the floor. The key is he has gotten better each year and should make another leap this season.

That said, is Hayward a guy you’re going to pay $13 million or so a year to? If he were a restricted free agent next summer (which is what happens if this deal isn’t finalized) he would draw a lot of interest from around the league. So maybe that figure isn’t out of line.

But now the Jazz are going to have north of $24 million a year — more than a third of the likely salary cap line — tied up in Favors and Hayward. That is a big bet on their development (although they are assets that might be moved later if need be). It means coach Ty Corbin’s seat got hotter.

Utah is going to be bad this season and who they land in the draft next season could play a big role in deciding how far this team ultimately goes. Whatever that future looks like, Hayward and Favors will be a big part of it.

  1. gettinbuckets513 - Oct 21, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    I don’t think Hayward is a 13 mill a year player but I don’t think L. Deng is either, (although he’s a better defender and all-star).

    I understand Favors getting paid but wings and smalls are much easier to find than bigs, Hayward seems average on the wing, (besides the 3 point shooting). The Jazz won’t be doing anything in the west anytime soon.

  2. jabronikid - Oct 21, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    I think he’s just an 8mil per year guy.

  3. 2016olympics - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    This kid is worth every penny…still very young and one of the most efficient players in the league. What an exciting young core in Utah with Hayward, Favors and Burke. Maybe it will be a down year this year losing Al & Milsap, but they are 1 lottery pick away from a bright future.

    • sasquash20 - Oct 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      Don’t forget Kanter as well. If Burke is legit you are talking about a very good young core. They will be tougher than most people think. 2-3 years they will be contenders in the West

    • sasquash20 - Oct 21, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      It may seem high for GH, but that Favors Deal will end up being a bargin.

    • redbaronx - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:53 AM

      @2016olympics – There’s no doubt he has talent, but the question people are raising here on this thread is whether he’s really worth 12 mil a year. It’s always smart to overpay for young developing talent on the upswing.

      Is it a terrible move? No. Could it backfire and eat up more cap space then he’s worth? Yes. So I can see the point some guys are making about the Jazz paying too much at 12 mil. We’ll just have to wait and see how this one works out.

      Ultimately I have faith in the Jazz front office. They typically make savvy decisions in the end. Some franchises really have good evaluators making good salary/talent savvy moves (Spurs, Indiana, Utah), and at the end of the day they’re usually on point.

  4. asimonetti88 - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Hayward is a very good player, but I don’t know if he is worth $12 million or more a season. They need a few more pieces before they are a contender, and they will want to keep some cap room to acquire those players.

  5. robyoung23 - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    He’s worth it, he carried butler to two national championships. He’s a slightly less athletic version of chandler parsons but perfect blend with Favors

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      Actually, he was in the NBA for the second run at the championship, but he was the main reason they made it in 2010.

  6. redbaronx - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    I can’t say for sure, but maybe the reason the Jazz gave him that contract is that they’re afraid of what would happen if they didn’t sign him. The Jazz have been playoff competitive for years, so maybe they’re overpaying Hayward just to stay. It’s hard to convince guys to stay in that market. Not a lot of exposure.

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