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Gordon Hayward | Guard/Forward

Team: Utah Jazz
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/23/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 220
College: Butler
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The Jazz have officially matched Charlotte's four-year, $63 million offer sheet for Gordon Hayward.
Utah may have been forced to overpay a bit to retain Hayward, but it's not an unreasonable deal for a 24-year-old who has increased his scoring in each of his four NBA seasons. Hayward's shooting percentage slipped to 41.3 percent last season but he picked it up elsewhere, averaging 16.2 points, 1.1 triples, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals. The arrival of Dante Exum should take some pressure off Hayward and Trey Burke in the backcourt, and Hayward is a likely bet to retain top-50 fantasy value in Utah. Jul 12 - 11:05 AM

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Restricted free agent Gordon Hayward has officially signed the Charlotte Hornets' offer sheet.

The 72-hour clock for the Jazz to match Hayward's four-year, $63 million offer sheet will now officially start, which gives Utah approximately until Sunday afternoon to make their decision. "There’s never been any bad blood with the Jazz, and there have always been good-faith negotiations," Hayward's agent said. "We weren’t able to make a deal last fall and this is what happens. This is the free agency process." Reports have indicated that the Jazz will indeed match the Hornets' offer, but as we've learned this offseason, reports don't always come to fruition.
Jul 10 - 1:40 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Jazz were prepared for Gordon Hayward to receive a max-offer and still plan on matching Charlotte's offer.

Hayward will sign a four-year, $63 million offer sheet with the Hornets, but it sounds like the Jazz are fully prepared to match. They don't have a lot of other places to put their money and the former Butler Bulldog will now make more money than several NBA stars, regardless of where he's playing. If he left Utah, Alec Burks and rookie Rodney Hood would see a big boost, but it doesn't sound like that's going to happen.
Jul 9 - 1:35 AM

Rick Bonnell is reporting that free agent Gordon Hayward will sign a "major offer sheet" with the Hornets.

Adrian Wojnarowski later reported that the offer is for four years and $63 million - a maximum offer. The Jazz will have 72 hours to match after Hayward signs the offer sheet on July 10, and while indications are that they will do so, it's far from guaranteed. If Hayward goes to the Hornets, Gerald Henderson would take a substantial hit, while Hayward's value would expand. And if he's not with the Jazz next season, Alec Burks and rookie Rodney Hood should get a big boost. Stay tuned.

Restricted free agent Gordon Hayward will meet with the Hornets on Monday.

The Jazz are expected are expected to match any offer on Hayward, but the Hornets do have some room to make a big offer. The Cavs have also had a meeting with Hayward and could also be in the mix, but the LeBron James buzz likely moves Hayward down in their list of priorities.
Jul 7 - 1:41 PM

Restricted free agent Gordon Hayward is set to meet with the Hornets early next week.

Al Jefferson, who is a good friend of Hayward's from their days together in Utah, has reportedly been recruiting Hayward, and he will be part of the Hornets pitch next week. The Cavs, Celtics, and Suns have also expressed interest in Hayward, but the Jazz have stated time and again that intend to make Hayward the face of their franchise, and they will match any offer he receives on the open market.
Jul 4 - 12:34 PM

Gordon Hayward is meeting with Cavaliers officials in Cleveland on Wednesday, and the Cavs may be preparing a max offer sheet.

The Suns have also been eager to give him an offer sheet, and the Celtics had expressed interest before agreeing to terms with Avery Bradley, but all along the Jazz have vowed to match offers for their restricted FA. Whether they'll stick to that script if Hayward does land a max offer from Cleveland remains to be seen.
Jul 2 - 1:02 PM

The Cavaliers are considering giving restricted free agent Gordon Hayward a "big offer sheet," according to ESPN's Marc Stein, but the Jazz are likely to match any offer.

Utah has been steadfast in their desire to keep Hayward, so they're in the driver's seat even if the Cavs, Suns or Celtics make a huge offer. Considering Jodie Meeks just earned about $6.5 million annually to sign a three-year deal with Detroit, the market for shooting guards is clearly tilted in Hayward's favor.
Jul 1 - 5:30 PM

Restricted FA Gordon Hayward has been contacted by Celtics GM Danny Ainge and coach Brad Stevens, according to the Boston Globe.

The Suns are also making a hard push to sign Hayward to an offer sheet, and he may have mutual interest with the Celtics given his relationship with former Butler coach Stevens. Both teams' pursuit may prove futile, however, since the Jazz are expected to match almost any offer for their 24-year-old SG.
Jul 1 - 3:29 PM

The Jazz contacted restricted free agent Gordon Hayward on Tuesday morning.

The Suns are believed to be making a hard push on Hayward, but the Jazz are more than likely going to match any offer. He didn't have much help last year and it brought his field goal percentage down despite an improved offensive arsenal, so he's a bit better than his stats suggest.
Jul 1 - 10:30 AM

The Suns may offer restricted free agent Gordon Hayward a max contract, according to beat writer Jody Genessy, but the Jazz are expected to match any offer.

Jazz VP Walt Perrin said in early June that the team wasn't even considering replacements for Hayward, and it would be surprising if he's playing anywhere but Utah next season. He averaged a solid 16.2 points, 1.1 threes, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals last season, returning top-50 fantasy value, and should improve his stock with one more year of experience in Utah's youthful roster.
Jun 29 - 5:02 PM

The Jazz tendered a qualifying offer to Gordon Hayward on Wednesday.

That makes him a restricted free agent, and it's hard to see him playing anywhere but Utah next season, at this point.
Jun 26 - 12:42 AM

The Utah Jazz aren't looking to replace Gordon Hayward in the 2014 NBA Draft, according to Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin.

Hayward will be a restricted free agent this summer, but Perrin insists the Jazz aren't going into the draft targeting his replacement. "Nope," Perrin said. "That doesn’t come into our thinking because we think we’re going to have Gordon with us next year." Perrin added that the Jazz will, "look at the best available player" available with their fifth overall pick, which could mean that the team is committed to matching any offers that Hayward receivers on the open market.
Jun 3 - 9:30 AM

GM Dennis Lindsey said he hopes restricted free agent Gordon Hayward is a "career Jazz member."

At just 24 years old, Hayward was one of just four players to average 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. The others were LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Michael Carter-Williams. Hayward's 41.3 percent shooting leaves a lot to be desired, but the Jazz would be silly not to match any offer within reason. They can afford him and a max free agent if it comes to that.
Apr 18 - 9:17 AM

Gordon Hayward scored 21 points with six boards, four assists and one 3-pointer against the Lakers during Monday's 119-104 loss.

The Jazz were able to score the ball a bit, but their defense continues to hurt them. They will finish this season with the worst record in the Western Conference and have a decision to make on free-agent Hayward. His 41.3 percent from the field is a weakness, but it's hard to be too tough on him considering the lack of help around him on the perimeter.
Apr 14 - 11:48 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Trey Burke
2Dante Exum
SG1Gordon Hayward
2Alec Burks
3Ian Clark
4Carrick Felix
SF1Rodney Hood
2Steve Novak
3Travis Leslie
PF1Derrick Favors
2Trevor Booker
3Jeremy Evans
C1Enes Kanter
2Rudy Gobert