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Gordon Hayward | Guard/Forward | #20

Team: Utah Jazz
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/23/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 226
College: Butler
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (9) / UTA
Contract: view contract details

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Gordon Hayward (finger) will not play in Utah's regular-season opener against Portland.
He's hoping to get back on the court sometime in mid-to-late November, but this is just a reminder to get him out of your lineups for the first game of the year. Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson will pick up the slack in his absence. Oct 25 - 2:24 PM

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Gordon Hayward (left ring finger) is not yet practicing with the team.

We are just providing this update in order to make it clear that Hayward is still in the early stages of his recovery. The star swingman is targeting a return in mid-to-late November.
Oct 22 - 3:13 PM

The Jazz are confident they'll be able to re-sign Gordon Hayward (finger) when he becomes a free agent after the 2016-17 season.

Hayward is out four-to-six weeks with a broken left right finger, but the Jazz are confident they'll be able to keep him in Utah when he hits free agency next summer. "But fundamentally, if we do the right things here," said general manager Dennis Lindsey. "Let's just be honest, we have an advantage by having his Bird rights. There's a lot of money associated with the fifth year and higher raises." Hayward is targeting a mid-to-late November return and is still worth a pick in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: Hoops Hype
Oct 18 - 9:01 AM

Gordon Hayward (left ring finger) is without a timetable to return, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Hayward was given a four-to-six week prognosis prior, and it's likely that the Jazz just don't want to announce anything publicly in order to avoid unnecessary questions and/or speculation leading up to his return. For now, we're still expecting Hayward to target a return around mid-to-late November, so anyone who drafts him should be prepared to spend at least the first three-to-four weeks without an important part of their fantasy team.
Oct 15 - 2:28 PM

The Jazz are not expected to add any depth to fill the void left by Gordon Hayward.

Hayward's broken left finger will not require surgery and the Jazz are hopeful that he can make a "faster-than-expected recovery." His current timetable has him returning in late November, so he's still worth a pick in the middle rounds. Joe Johnson should start in his absence and Rodney Hood will have more responsibility.
Source: ESPN
Oct 15 - 10:35 AM

Gordon Hayward (broken left finger) will not require surgery.

That's welcome news but Hayward is still expected to miss 4-6 weeks, which could cost him a dozen or more games to begin the season. He has top-40 upside but should be targeted a few rounds later due to the unfortunate preseason injury.
Oct 12 - 8:24 PM

Gordon Hayward (broken left finger) got some shots up during Wednesday's practice.

He was only able to shoot one-armed stationary shots from six feet out, but at least he's out there working. Hayward is expected to miss roughly the first month of the season as he recovers from the broken finger, which will open up some opportunity for guys like Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson. You can bump Hayward down a couple rounds with him starting the year on the sidelines, but he should still come off the board during the middle rounds given that he's entering a contract year. For what it's worth, the Celtics will reportedly court him during free agency next summer.
Oct 12 - 1:33 PM

Rodney Hood said that he could see Gordon Hayward's (finger) bone after Hayward sustained his injury.

Well, that's gross. We obviously knew it was bad given Hayward's four-to-six week timetable and the fact that his finger was both broken and dislocated, but this paints a very vivid picture of just how nasty the injury was. Surgery remains an option for treatment, but it's not a certainty at this time. Rodney Hood's fantasy stock is likely to raise as a result of Hayward's absence, but Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert should be the prime beneficiaries. Per Jones, the Jazz are reportedly "optimistic" that Hayward won't miss six full weeks, but there is just no tangible way to project that until a treatment decision is made and the healing process begins.
Oct 8 - 3:22 PM

Updating a previous item, Gordon Hayward suffered a dislocated and broken finger on his left hand.

The break to his finger will cause him to miss six weeks. The Jazz will re-evaluate him in three weeks, but most finger fractures tend to require 4-6 weeks off. If Hayward does miss six weeks, that would mean he'd miss 13 regular season games. Joe Johnson would be the best bet to move into the starting lineup next to Rodney Hood. Derrick Favors and George Hill would also have more scoring output while Dante Exum gets more run, too.
Oct 7 - 5:27 PM

Gordon Hayward dislocated a finger on his left hand and is expected to miss time.

The team is trying to figure out the next step, and they will likely give him further evaluation. Some players can play through a finger dislocation, but it obviously depends on the severity and whether or not there is a bone fracture. For now, he should be considered questionable to start the season. If he's out, Rodney Hood, Joe Johnson and Dante Exum would take on more minutes.
Oct 7 - 4:53 PM

Gordon Hayward needed just 18 minutes vs. the Blazers on Monday to score 17 points, adding three rebounds, one steal, two treys and one turnover.

He was in attack mode tonight, getting to the line eight times and connecting on seven of them. He also hit 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 from deep. Hayward wasn't the most efficient player last season with 2.5 turnovers per game on 44.3 percent shooting, but both of those numbers should improve with a stronger supporting cast. He's a safe mid-round pick who's playing for a maximum contract.
Oct 4 - 12:19 AM

Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors "notched up the off-season work to a brand new level," according to Jazz play-by-play man David Locke.

Yes, it's a slow news day today, so that explains the Muscle Watch-esque update. Hayward does have some added competition for playing time with Joe Johnson coming over, Alec Burks (shoulder) set to return, and possibly more two-PG sets with Dante Exum and George Hill. However, Hayward will get major burn at the three and some added size this offseason should give him some minutes at power forward, so there is no playing time concern whatsoever. He's a fine pick in the early middle rounds.
Sep 7 - 6:01 PM

Gordon Hayward is expected to opt out of his contract after the 2016-17 season and hit free agency in search of a max contract, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Hayward could make substantially more money if he chooses this route, so this really doesn't come as any kind of surprise. It's too early to begin speculating on Hayward's future, but that won't keep his name out of rumors throughout the season. Just like in the past, other teams will undoubtedly call to inquire on Hayward, but it would be a great surprise if the Jazz seriously considered any deal.
Sep 3 - 4:10 PM

Gordon Hayward said he skipped the Olympics because he wanted to focus on his offseason training.

"I want us to make the playoffs this year, and I’ve been training since May to help make that happen," Hayward said. "You miss a big chunk of that vital training time before camp when you go to do something like play in the Olympics, and it kind of changes up your routine. I want to be the best player I can be to get us to the playoffs. I want to be an All-Star this year." There was a report in June that the Jazz were looking to deal Hayward, but that has since been discredited. Hayward will play a key role for the Jazz and will be a solid mid-round pick.
Aug 20 - 9:20 AM

The Jazz are not looking to trade Gordon Hayward according to Deseret News.

A report from indicated that Hayward is unhappy in Utah, but that has since been discredited. Hayward has been working out at Zions Bank Basketball Center every morning and a team source made it clear that there is nothing to the rumor. The Jazz still believe that Hayward is a major cornerstone and it doesn't sound like he's going anywhere despite rumored interest from the Celtics and the Suns.
Jun 25 - 10:47 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1George Hill
2Dante Exum
3Shelvin Mack
4Raul Neto
SG1Rodney Hood
2Alec Burks
3Joe Ingles
SF1Gordon Hayward
2Joe Johnson
PF1Derrick Favors
2Trey Lyles
3Boris Diaw
4Joel Bolomboy
C1Rudy Gobert
2Jeff Withey