Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 11:20 am  |  4 responses

Gordon Hayward to Become a Restricted Free Agent

Once promising negotiations eventually slowed down, and then came to a complete halt. Gordon Hayward was unable to reach a deal with the Utah Jazz, and he’ll become a restricted free agent in July. Per the Deseret News: “Ultimately, we just couldn’t reach a deal that both sides felt good about,’ Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said moments before the 10 p.m. deadline. ‘That happens sometimes. No hard feelings at all. No one’s upset. This doesn’t change the way Gordon feels about the Jazz.’ Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey’s response to the sides failing to come to an agreement: ‘No comment.’ Rebuilding Utah was able to secure one cornerstone piece for the future of its franchise last month when it extended 22-year-old Derrick Favors’ contract through the 2017-18 campaign. The Jazz honored the power forward’s incentive-filled $47.7 million deal with a press conference Monday morning. Now the earliest the organization can hold a similar love fest for Hayward, considered to be a leader, playmaker and key member of the Jazz’s youth movement, is next offseason. If that even ends up happening. Hayward will become a restricted free agent next summer, meaning the Jazz can match an offer from another suitor if they so desire. But the versatile 23-year-old will play his fourth year in the NBA without the peace of mind of a contract in hand past mid-April. An interesting dilemma, considering the Jazz are looking to Hayward for increased leadership and overall production this season. Hayward wasn’t available for a comment Thursday night, but the Indianapolis native expressed interest in continuing his career in Utah this week. ‘I would love to be here,’ Hayward said. ‘That would be great, especially playing with Fav and be a part of this franchise. It’s a great franchise. I would love that.’ On Thursday night, his agent said the Jazz player wanted to emphasize that he maintains a ‘tremendous sense of loyalty’ to Utah, which drafted him ninth overall in the 2010 NBA draft.”

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  • BugEyes

    He better have a good year, because if he don’t jazz won’t give him the money he desires nore will any other team

  • LP @ThisisEther

    he could have an awful year, and it wont affect his money next year….. He’s potentially that good. Does everything well….can shoot…rebound…high IQ….young…typical glue guy…some team WILL pay him, and rightfully so. The jazz are just letting the market set the price….they’ll likely resign.

    Only thing that could affect his money is an injury.

  • spit hot fiyah

    they paid favors a lot because that the market value for athletic bigs that can play D is very high and i don’t mind that move. hayward was probably looking for a derozan type deal around 40 mil. that would have been a lot of money invested in favors and hayward without really knowing what they will become.

    the only risk with this is that he blows up and some team throws a lot of money at him. if not, they can just match if they feel it is reasonable.

  • @iamMrjump

    LOL he is a solid tier 3 player – Elite umm nah Superstar caliber nah the most is a solid 2nd or 3rd Options.. He may have played his best ball in NCAA