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Report: Jazz inform Charlotte they will match max offer for Gordon Hayward

Jul 12, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT

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This was always expected.

Since long before free agency began the Utah Jazz said they would match any offer for small forward Gordon Hayward. The Charlotte Hornets saw Hayward as a good fit and decided to test the theory with a max contract offer of four years, $63 million.

Good to their word, the Jazz have told the Hornets they will match, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Other sources have since confirmed this report, including Sam Amick of the USA Today who spoke with Hayward’s agent.

Hayward’s deal has a player option in the fourth year as well as a 15 percent trade kicker (if he gets traded his salary jumps that much).

Hayward averaged 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game last season, he can get you points in the paint or with his jumper, he can create shots, is a good defender, and is fairly efficient. He’s good at a lot of things, great at none of them. He didn’t make the leap some expected last season and he looks like the kind of player who will make a good second or third option who can fit in a variety of systems but he can’t be the leader of an offense.

You can say this is not a max guy, but the fact is Utah is not bringing in a max-caliber free agent. They have to keep the guys they have that they like and for good reason they like Hayward. He can be part of the future for Utah.

And will be for the next few years at least.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Gordon Hayward’s contract will be Exhibit A when the owners lock the players out after this CBA runs out.

    Not trying to throw too much shade his way but that salary and conditions are absurd.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      I don’t think there’s any CBA that can stop a GM with cap space and limited options in free agency from spending a lot of money on a player.

      Nobody forced the Hornets to offer Hayward that contract, and nobody forced the Jazz to match. This is all due to the fact there’s not quite enough super talented players to go around, so teams with cap space have to overspend on tier 2 guys.

      The NBA is getting richer, so teams have more money to spend, but the pool of top tier players isn’t increasing.

  2. andreboy1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    30% from 3 last year. His outside shot is wildly inconsistent from year to year.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      41% from the field and his shooting % has gone down every year he has been in the league. doesn’t seem “fairly efficient” to me.

      • storminator16 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        16 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apg says he is fairly efficient. Don’t let those numbers lie to you.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Storm efficient has to do with how many shots it takes to get you that 16ppg. 41% from the field and 30% from the 3 isn’t even remotely close to the “fairly efficient” quote from the writer of this article. His shooting is trending the wrong way over his career so far. But he is young and well rounded and grossly over paid for what he does and how he does it. 8-10mil maybe. 16mil per is crazy talk

    • casualcommenter - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      There are two types of 3 point shooters.

      Those who can create their own shot (Durant, Curry) and those who can hit 3’s but only when playing with teammates who create open looks for them (Hayward, Ariza).

      Hayward was the focal point on offense for the Jazz this year, and he wasn’t ready for that burden. However, if he’s the #2 or #3 guy on offense, and he’s left open when other guys compromise the defense, he can hit open looks.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        very well put casual.

      • seansull83 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        Took the words outta my mouth. Utah is asking a guy to do more than he is capable of. He won’t thrive in Utah, because he will be forced to be the man, the go to option, and his game isn’t built that way. Would have been awesome to see him in Charlotte, where he could hide and snipe 3s, vs force the issue.

  3. ashutto20 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Teams like Charlotte and Utah have to do contracts like this…no top free agent is really thinking about going to a market like that…that’s just how the nba works

  4. campcouch - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Efficient? For 4 years his FG/FT/3PT percentages have declined.

    • storminator16 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      As his PPG has increased…

      • casualcommenter - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        Which is a trend you see when a guy is being asked to do more than he’s capable of.

        ANY player in the NBA can be an 20 point per game player, if his coach allows him to take enough shots. However, only very good players can score 20 points per game efficiently and with the opposing defense focused on stopping him.

        Hayward could be an 16 point per game scorer on any team. However, his stats suggest he’s not a fit for trying to score as the primary option on offense. He was more efficient when his role was to complement both Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson rather than take the lead.

        So he’s probably more of a #3 guy on a good team than a #1 guy.

  5. 6thsense10 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    jcmyer,

    Obviously you don’t remember the days when players such as Juwan Howard were breaking the bank. The owners have caped player salary enough by implementing a max contract limit and then locking out the players so their percentage share of revenue was considerably less. Lebron James is worth way more to the Cavs then any contract they can offer. Same with most all NBA first and second team players. I have yet to see you or others like you complain about the cap on their salary. In the end the owners come out ahead.

    • chiadam - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Yeah, LeBron will never earn what he deserves on the court. It’s impossible.

      I remember when there was no rookie wage scale, either. Weber’s rookie deal was for over $70 million. Penny’s and Shawn Bradley’s were for over $40 million, and this was in the early 90s.

  6. rrhoe - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    A blessing in disguise for Charlotte and they don’t even know it…..

    • storminator16 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Not really.

  7. mnwildfan15 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Alright which is bobcats or hornets?

    • zoomy123 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Hornets.

    • chiadam - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Horncats.

  8. ningenito78 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    When you have teams selling for $2 billion I wouldn’t worry too much about players salaries. The Clippers sale is exhibit A why the owners will look stupid locking the players out.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Yep, and not just the Clippers. The Milwaukee Bucks had multiple bids from different potential ownership groups, despite these groups being asked to keep the team in Milwaukee.

      When billionaires are fighting over right to buy the Milwaukee Bucks and keep them in Milwaukee, owners lose the right to complain about their financial situation.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Ningenito78, that’s a good point and that works for long time owners who bought teams for 10mil or 50mil way back when. But if you lose 30mil a year for 10 years that’s 300mil in loses and sell for 500mil and bought the team for 50 mil you did ok. But the newer owners are buying for higher and higher amounts and at some point if you are losing money every year it will be tougher to find buyers. 2bil. is way out of wack and even with the new tv contracts comming up it’s going to be tough for the clipps to make money on that debt service. But then it’s just a billionaire’s toy so i guess he can swing it. As sterling found out it’s a great way to meet chicks. lol

  9. generalgridiron - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Guys like this represent Jazz future. Guys who are good but not great. If want to win in the NBA you must attract TOP guys. Too many role type players end up lost in a cloud of mediocrity. Decent player for a sub par team. Just like the rest of the roster. Maybe in a few years Utah.

    • kavika6 - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      Then how do you explain the best team on the planet, the San Antonio Spurs?

  10. sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Thing is, players don’t WANT to go to Utah.

    We all know Hayward isn’t a max player. So, let’s say they signed him for $8 mill or so.

    Since the really good players don’t want to go there, their team payroll SHOULD be low and it could be. But at the end of the season, they have to be at a minimum amount and if they are below that, they HAVE to spend the difference on the players on the team then to spend up to that minimum level.

    In other words, the Jazz WILL pay the minimum team salary amount whether they pay it to one player in the form of a max he doesn’t deserve or whether they’d pay it at the end of the season to those on the team.

    So, they WERE going to spend that money and their choice was do we want Heyward to leave and then try to find another player?

    They would have still had to give money to that other player.

  11. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Oh thank god.

  12. adoombray - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Good point on Utah not bringing in a MAX guy. in the rush to call guys overpaid most fans don’t take into consideration that sometimes a guy is worth more to that specific team than they would be anywhere else, either because of situation with the roster or market, demonstration to roster that if you come through for the team it will reward you, or long term plans etc

  13. ncarolinarn7 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Yeah it’s the Hornets. Don’t you ever read sports articles????

  14. fanofthegame1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Did anyone really think the Jazz would let a white guy go?

    • longtallsam - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Can’t we do without those kind of racist comments, fotg1?

      • fanofthegame1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        What, are you blind?

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