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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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Gordon Hayward said that he's made "a conscious effort this summer to bulk up a bit."
"They obviously have me do a lot of strengthening because I’ve gotten a lot stronger, but we also do a lot of mobility, flexibility and stability work," he said. "I’m just a lot stronger and when I drive to the hole, I’m able to kind of brush people off me and that makes me a lot better." Hayward relied overwhelmingly on his jumper last year, but he made 73.8 percent of his driving layups, so anything that encourages him to attack the paint is a bonus for fantasy owners. Sep 14 - 3:31 PM

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Gordon Hayward will not make the Team USA roster when cuts are announced on Saturday according to ESPN.

This news isn't too surprising as he hasn't seen much action lately and is a cut below other players that are on the bubble. Regardless, the experience bodes well for him as he takes his big contract into next season.
Aug 22 - 11:44 PM

Gordon Hayward could be the next Team USA cut, according to Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com.

Hayward only scored four points to go along with two steals during Wednesday's win over the Dominican Republic and "did the least to distinguish himself", according to Sheridan. Team USA will board a plane headed to the World Cup of Basketball on Saturday and Hayward will join Andre Drummond, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Korver, and Chandler Parsons on the roster bubble as coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff trim the roster from 16 to 12.
Aug 21 - 9:30 AM

Gordon Hayward said on Thursday that he has put on 10 pounds of muscle since the regular season.

It makes sense since he's expected to play more forward, and it's not too far-fetched to think he plays some stretch four with the lack of depth on the Jazz. It's still not clear if coach Quin Snyder will start Alec Burks as his shooting guard, which would make Hayward a starting three. Interestingly, Hayward didn't shoot the ball well with Burks on the court, so the new coach has a decision on his hands. Regardless, he's a nice early-middle round pick.
Aug 14 - 7:29 PM

Gordon Hayward said Paul George's injury hasn't made him change his mind about international play.

Two weeks after Paul George broke his leg during a Team USA exhibition game, Hayward addressed the injury risk of playing internationally on his personal blog. "I don’t think it’s something you can think about. You just have to go out there and play," Hayward wrote. "As soon as you start thinking about injuries and you’re tentative, bad things happen." Hayward averaged 16.2 points, 1.1 triples, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.4 steals during the 2013-14 season and is a solid bet to return top-50 fantasy value for the 2014-15 season.
Aug 14 - 1:12 PM

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski praised Gordon Hayward's versatility during a conference call on Tuesday, adding that Hayward has become stronger and more decisive.

Hayward and Kyle Korver both made it through the first round of Team USA cuts, and their odds of making the final roster improved after Paul George's season-ending injury. Coach K still has a few tough decisions to make, as the current pool of 16 players needs to be trimmed to a 12-man roster.
Aug 5 - 2:56 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Trey Burke
2Dante Exum
3Toure Murry
SG1Alec Burks
2Ian Clark
3Carrick Felix
4Dee Bost
SF1Gordon Hayward
2Rodney Hood
3Steve Novak
PF1Enes Kanter
2Trevor Booker
3Jeremy Evans
4Brock Motum
C1Derrick Favors
2Rudy Gobert
3Jack Cooley