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Gordon Hayward | Guard/Forward | #20

Team: Utah Jazz
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/23/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 226
College: Butler
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (9) / UTA
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Becuase Gordon Hayward was not named to an All-NBA team this season, Utah is unable to offer him the Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer.
It's a tough break for the Jazz. Had Hayward made one of the three All-NBA teams, Utah would have been able to ink him to a deal worth approximately $207 million over five years. Now, once he opts out in July, they will only be able to offer a max contract at around $177 million over five years. Other teams, including the Celtics, can offer $132 million over four years. Utah still can obviously offer far more than competitors, but it's not as sizable a difference as it could have been. Most league insiders believe Hayward's decision will come down to re-signing with Utah or heading to Boston to reunite with his former college coach Brad Stevens. May 19 - 10:21 AM

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Chris Mannix of The Vertical believes Gordon Hayward is Boston's No. 1 target in free agency.

Hayward has been non-committal about his future in Utah, but it's a lock that he's going to opt out of the final year of his deal and hit the open market. The 27-year-old wing is coming off a career year with averages of 22.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.1 treys on 46.8 percent shooting, so it will likely take a max contract offer to pry him away from Utah. To be clear, the Jazz are still the favorites to re-sign him.
Source: NESN
May 18 - 10:08 AM

Gordon Hayward said he hasn't thought about free agency too much, but made it clear that he's enjoyed his time in Utah.

"It’s been so much fun for me here in Utah and kind of growing up here starting a family — growth from a basketball standpoint, growth from a man’s standpoint," he said. "I have nothing but love for everybody here in Utah." It's a lock that Hayward will opt out of his $16.7 million player option to test free agency, but he hasn't given any indication on what the future holds. Hayward said making the playoffs this season makes him want to "work even harder and go further," so hopefully the 27-year-old forward will take another step forward in 2017-18 after returning top-35 value in standard fantasy leagues.
May 15 - 12:30 PM

Gordon Hayward's 25 points weren't enough in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Warriors as the Jazz were swept in the second round of the playoffs.

Hayward finished 8-of-21 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line, adding five rebounds, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes. Hayward was a top-35 player in standard fantasy leagues in 2016-17, averaging 22.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.1 treys on 46.8 percent shooting. Hayward is 27 years old and is in the prime of his career, but his fantasy value in 2017-18 hinges on where he lands this summer -- he's fully expected to opt out of his $16.7 million player option in order to become a free agent. A return to Utah seems likely, though.
May 9 - 12:15 AM

Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 33 points during a 115-104 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 on Thursday, adding five rebounds, four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

He was 11-of-21 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line in a tough loss. Hayward made tough shots all night, including several against tight Draymond Green defense. Since he was ill back on Apr. 23, Hayward has been going strong as a scorer with averages of 25.8 points, 6.6 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.4 steals ad 2.8 treys over his last five. He'll have to be even better in Game 3 on Saturday.
May 5 - 1:16 AM

Gordon Hayward was held in check in Tuesday's Game 1 loss to the Warriors, scoring 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting.

He hit a pair of free throws and 3-pointers, adding four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block. The Jazz were run out of Oracle Arena tonight and Hayward didn't get much help from George Hill or Joe Ingles -- Hill scored seven points with four boards, three assists and a triple and Ingles had five points, four assists, two boards and a triple. It was a 12-point loss, but it felt like so much more. The Jazz will look to bounce back in Game 2 on Thursday.
May 3 - 1:33 AM

Gordon Hayward finished Utah's series-clinching win on Sunday with 26 points (9-of-20 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of 3-pointers in 42 minutes of action.

Hayward scored just three points in nine minutes during Game 4 in Utah, due to food poisoning, but in the other six games he averaged an impressive 27.2 points, 2.7 threes, 8.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 0.8 steals. He played an exhausting 41.0 minutes in those games, and should be just as busy in a tough matchup vs. Kevin Durant and the Warriors in the second round.
Apr 30 - 6:57 PM

Gordon Hayward scored 31 points with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and three 3-pointers during a 98-93 Game 6 loss at home to the Clippers.

The Clippers brought the defense to limit the Jazz to just 41.0 percent from the field and 7-of-26 from three. It looked like it was a wrap with two minutes left, but Hayward scored seven points in a 40-second span with less than 1:30 remaining in the game to make it very close. Now, the Jazz will have to head back to L.A. for Game 7, but that shouldn't be too tall of an order with two wins at Staples during this series. Hayward is a strong bet for 42-plus minutes.
Apr 29 - 1:39 AM

Gordon Hayward hit 9-of-16 shots, 4-of-8 3-pointers and 5-of-5 free throws for 27 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in 41 minutes of Tuesday's Game 5 96-92 win over the Clippers to take a 3-2 lead in the series, with Game 6 taking place in Utah.

Hayward lasted just nine minutes for three points in Game 4 due to food poisoning, but looked great tonight. Boris Diaw, Rudy Gobert (double-double), George Hill, Joe Johnson and Rodney Hood all scored in double figures for the Jazz, as they came through down the stretch for the tough road win, and home-court advantage in their series. Hayward should be primed for another big game on Friday, and if he was able to do this with "not much legs" tonight, he should be even better in L.A. in Game 6.
Apr 26 - 1:30 AM

Gordon Hayward (illness) will play without any minutes limit in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Clippers.

Hayward left Sunday's Game 4 after just nine minutes of floor time, but it sounds like he's recovered from the food poisoning episode, so he should be able to get out there for 30-plus minutes tonight. Assuming Hayward gets a full allotment of minutes, that'll likely translate to less run for guys like Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson.
Apr 25 - 3:06 PM

Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) traveled with the Jazz to Los Angeles on Monday.

Utah beat reporter Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune writes that "chances are" Hayward will be available and ready to play in Game 5 on Tuesday night. It's also encouraging that Hayward was not listed on Utah's most recent injury report. We should have a formal update from the team following Tuesday morning's shootaround.
Apr 25 - 10:34 AM

Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) is not on the injury report for Game 5 vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

According to the report, only Alec Burks (knee) will be unavailable Tuesday. Hayward left Sunday's game after just nine minutes and was nowhere close to 100 percent, but we'll have a better idea of how he's feeling after the Tuesday morning shootaround. With Hayward likely back, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles will lose a bit of appeal.
Apr 24 - 8:06 PM

Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said that Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) is scheduled to meet the team at their plane this afternoon and fly to Los Angeles for Tuesday's Game 5.

Hayward only lasted nine minutes during Game 4, but the fact that he's traveling with the team for Game 5 is an encouraging sign. Check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround.
Apr 24 - 3:15 PM

Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) will not return to Sunday's game, finishing with three points and two rebounds in nine minutes.

Hayward was on IVs due to food poisoning prior to the game, although he wasn't on the injury report and it was only reported minutes before tip-off. He checked out earlier than usual in the first quarter and soon headed to the locker room, after which the team eventually ruled him out for the night. We'll consider him questionable to play in Game 5 on Tuesday, and his absence means more minutes for Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood.
Apr 23 - 10:45 PM

Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) will play on Sunday.

This is the first we've heard of his illness, which reportedly required him to take IVs throughout the day. Needless to say, he may not be 100 percent tonight.
Apr 23 - 9:02 PM

Depth Charts

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