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Report: Gordon Hayward agrees to max offer sheet with Hornets

Jul 9, 2014, 12:51 AM EDT

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Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

If the Jazz match the offer, they can’t trade Hayward without his consent for a year, and they can’t trade him to Charlotte in that span. That rule — plus Hayward’s player option and trade kicker — make him tougher to move.

Utah must really want to keep him.


Gordon Hayward’s visit with the Hornets must have gone well.

Despite the Jazz threatening to match any offer he receives, Hayward has convinced Charlotte to navigate the treacherous road of restricted free agency.

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer:

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

A projected max contract would pay $14,756,881 starting and $63,011,880 over four years. Anything less and Hayward would have probably held out for one of his many other suitors – including the Celtics, Cavaliers and Suns. As soon as he signs an offer sheet, he’s locked into those contract terms – whether it’s with the team signing him or the Jazz should they match.

And I bet Utah matches within its three-day limit. Hayward is too valuable to let walk with no return. Besides, where would the Jazz spend the money they’d save, anyway? They don’t need to hoard cap space.

Hayward can’t officially sign until Thursday, and I figure Charlotte and Utah will discuss a sign-and-trade beforehand. By committing to sign Hayward, the Hornets give themselves a little leverage. Maybe the Jazz would find a sign-and-trade preferable to paying Hayward so much money. There’s a little time to sort all that out, but once Hayward officially signs an offer sheet, a sign-and-trade is no longer possible.

At least everything is in motion now. Hayward will almost certainly play for the Hornets or Jazz next season.

  1. money2long - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    If this goes through , I’m actually starting to really like what I see building in New Orleans ! As a collection , they have a good group. If they can flip Eric Gordon for something really good that would be great ! Maybe he stays healthy enough to be a great 6th man however !

    • pillsbury13 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      He’s going to the CHARLOTTE Hornets, not New Orleans.

    • xonxrocket - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      You do know that New Orleans are now called the Pelicans and the Hornets are now in Charlotte?

      • money2long - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:36 AM

        Such insight.

    • jayhit - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      This article is about the “Utah” Jazz and Charlotte Hornets….. nothing to do with New Orleans…..

      • unxpexted1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:34 AM

        Ironically both of these teams were formerly in New Orleans.

    • dacapt704 - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:07 AM

      Gotta love the guy who claims they watch basketball but doesn’t know the rosters or teams…good one.

      Speaking as a Charlotte resident and Hornets fan I would like the signing IF it wasn’t so much $$. Its good to see Cho & company being aggressive in FA but giving away huge deals to marginal players is what put us in salary cap he!! to begin with (Tyrus Thomas for example). But he does fill a huge need as a wing player/jump shooter so I’d be on board with it barring a Utah matching offer.

      • money2long - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:35 AM

        RosterS – teamS ?
        Excuse me on the error of this singular team.
        Looks like ur jumpin the gun and drawing a conclusion on this one event.
        U need to chill. Stop getting your adrenaline rush off of throwing stones at people

    • money2long - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      Hold on hold on. Are people not going to focus on the crux of my comment ?

      • money2long - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:29 AM

        The sharks come out on u

      • ranfan12 - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:43 AM

        you dropped the soap lol

      • reesesteel23 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        PBT. People don’t thumbs up or down based on, as you say, the crux of the comment. They thumbs down based on spelling errors, not bashing Lebron enough, or in this case just making an honest mistake lol

    • bruiserbrigade - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      Oh man, it’s gonna get ugly for you. Lol.

      • money2long - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:33 AM

        Hahaha yup

    • loubearkane - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Best thing I’ve heard today , thank you.

    • spthegr8 - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Hayward is good but he isn’t anywhere NEAR being worth 63 mil. IJS!!!!

  2. sjtorpitt - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    ^New Orleans Pelicans
    Charlotte Hornettes

    • JMClarkent - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      If they don’t call their cheerleaders the “Hornettes”, they need to get on that, ASAP.

  3. sjtorpitt - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:58 AM


  4. eagleseagleseagles - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:59 AM


    you know its the “Charlotte Hornets” right…..and not the New Orleans Hornets. SMH. -_-

    • money2long - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      Yeah yeah. You guys have fun with me.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Can we just call the the Bobcats until the preseason starts? My brain is not computing “Hornets” right away for some reason! It takes me a couple seconds lol

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:07 AM

      Ha! Looks like at least money2long would co-sign my statement^ hahaha

      • money2long - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:33 AM

        U would think people would at least have the sense to understand where the error came from instead of being like uh you do know yaddah yaddah

    • money2long - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      Lol. Is it my fault these teams trade names and cities so much

      • davidtmp - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        The TEAM and NAME should have never left Charlotte in the FIRST place! Stern should have told Shinn to take a hike LONG ago! But legally there wasn’t anything they could do…..but I think the Charlotte City Council should have stepped up and told Shinn he can take the team, but the NAME stays.

      • zinger92 - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Maybe you should just sit the next couple of plays out, if you know what I mean. Come back strong tomorrow.

  6. khmerson562 - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Chris Paul, Anthony Davis and Hayward that a good team.

  7. antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    New Orleans is crazy! That’s too much. That’s like an offer the Bobcats would make.

  8. grantgoodman93 - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Chris Paul to Gordon Hayward in the New Orleans Hornets arena will be electrifying!

  9. JHathwell - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Man, 63m for Hayward???

    Party at Salami’s house!!!

    And just imagine what Coolidge is worth if Hayward got that much.

    • observingii - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Calvin Coolidge?

      • JHathwell - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        White Shadow reference. Google it.

  10. csbanter - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    Utah will match they have a good group of players and someone that has head coaching experience in Quinn Snyder. They could make a push for 8 seed

    • JHathwell - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:37 AM

      hopefully Utah doesn’t end up on probation like the last team Snyder coached.

  11. sparty0n - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:09 AM

    63M for a guy who’s shooting percentage has gone down every year.Yes, his scoring has gone up, but last year was 41.3%… ouch!

    • bkbell3 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      spartyon, thank you, he also shot 30% from three last year. He is a nice player at 16-5-5 but very inefficient and should be around 8-10mil max but look at what some of these average players are getting now. This kid is no where near as good as stevenson, who is a head case but 7mil more per year than lance? He is getting 4mil more per year than lowery and gortat? crazy talk.

      • loubearkane - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        Smaller market teams have to try and overpay.

  12. 1friendofthepeople - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:21 AM

    According to ESPN during the season Hayword wanted $13 million/yr and Jazz wouldn’t go higher than $12 million. Utah said they will match any offer? If that’s true they are going to look like idiots paying him practically $16 million/yr.

  13. 1friendofthepeople - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    Surely they weren’t stupid enough to believe he wouldn’t fetch more than $12 million/yr? We see this EVERY YEAR. All it takes is one team.

  14. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:18 AM

    So this is a 3 team trade involving the Pelicans, Hornets, and Bobcats? I can’t wait till MJ gets traded to the Jazz. The new big three of MJ, Malone, and Stockton are going to rule the West. Go Jazz!

  15. ravenswhat - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    I don’t see it.

  16. titansbro - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Damn New Orleans gonna be good. Too bad Charlotte couldn’t sign him.

  17. rajbais - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Charlotte is better off trading for Roy Hibbert.

    I am not sure I would do it, but Indy Star writer Bob Kravitz (seemingly a good dude) suggested to Jason Whitlock that Hibbert could be traded to the Bobcats and be in a reunion with ex-Hoyas great and underrated HOFer Patrick Ewing.

    We know Ewing is great at coaching big men.

    Plus, they can swap Biyombo, Kidd-Gilchrist, and Gerald Henderson for Hibbert.

    The starting lineup:
    PG: Walker
    SG: Hairston (before a free agent comes)
    SF: Hayward
    PF: Jefferson
    C: Hibbert

    6th Man: Zeller
    7th Man: Gary Neal (Walker or Hairston play the SG)

    People would hate this, but Hibbert only has 2 years left unlike Hayward.

    • xli2006 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Bob Kravitz is not exactly a “good dude” locally. He’s pretty controversial in Indy to say the least. He came in as a self-proclaimed “outsider” and has never really won over the fans here. Many would have no problem if he bolted as Star Sports Editor as soon as yesterday.

      The Star isn’t exactly as good a source as you’d expect either. They seem more reactive to sports news than proactive on getting any deep insight or actual deals in the works.

      Pacers will only move Hibbert if the deal is VERY worth their while. You don’t get to the doorstep of the Finals twice with a young core and then firesale if you don’t have to. Hornets would have to part with some key pieces to even make that an offer worth considering.

      You think Larry would let Michael pull one on him?

  18. jcrileyesq - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    for that amount of money would have much gathered them going after Deng first, and then see what $ left over for lance

  19. JMClarkent - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Utah needs to do an Adele Dazim and let him go… This is the same thing they did with Kirilenko (overpaying for the best player on a bad team), and it make things tight for years. Gordon is an excellent role player, not (even) an All-Star.

  20. unxpexted1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Charlotte is starting to brew something decent. Yes they overpaid, but I think he’s a good fit and gives them a player that can stretch the floor and create a lil bit as they have no shooting. Headcase Hairston coming off the bench gives them more shooting too.


    and the likes of Henderson, Byombo, Neal, Hairston coming off the bench. It’s def the pieces to hopefully land a star one day at the 3.

    • unxpexted1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      forgot about Zeller too, who started to shape up towards the end of last year.

  21. kb2408 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Utah will match. What other choice do they have? Free agents aren’t flocking to Utah, therefore, they have to keep their own players. GH is still young and has some promise. Probably never an all-star but a solid starter. Is Utah overpaying? Probably. But when you’re a team that free agents aren’t going to consider sometimes you have to overpay. They can’t keep going to the lottery every season.

  22. bigmeechy74 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    why is there such a fuss over this guy? a max contract?

  23. xli2006 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Lost in mix of some guy confusing the Hornets and Pelicans…

    Did we just overlook the fact that there is a 60+ Million Dollar bidding war for Gordon Hayward?!?

    Nobody else finds that to be an EXTREMELY high contract-to-value?

    8-9 Million / year seems fair for Hayward, but nearly 15 MILLION? Good for him to land that, but that cannot be good on the books long term.

  24. storminator16 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    So they overpaid. A small market team recognized it had to overpay to get them where they need to go: past the 1st round. it is what it is; jealously will of a player’s bank account will get fans no where. Hornets starters/bench is looking quite nice (barring a sign & trade).

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