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Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward
Position: F
Born: 03/23/90
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:207 lbs. / 93.9 kg.
Salary: $16,073,140
Hayward’s pending free agency is well known. He’s expected to opt out of the final year of his contract next summer and cash in for max dollars, whether it be with the Jazz, or with another team. Beyond Hayward, however, Favors comes off his current contract at the end of the 2017-2018 season. Gobert is set to hit restricted free agency in 2017, and Hood and Exum will become restricted free agents in 2018. That means most of the Jazz core members are in line for new contracts, and most of them — if the free agency period this summer is an indicator — are good enough to make themselves a lot of money.
Hayward, who had his best season with the Jazz averaging 19.7 points, 5 rebounds and 3.7 assists, shared his goals for the upcoming Jazz 2016-17 season. “I also wanted to spend the summer in Utah and commit to training. We have a big year ahead of us with the Jazz. I want us to make the playoffs this year, and I’ve been training since May to help make that happen. 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.
This isn’t Hayward’s first time on the tennis court. Hayward played tennis in high school extensively, well enough to be listed on national tennis recruiting websites. A growth spurt to Hayward’s current height of 6’8” made basketball a more natural fit, and that’s obviously been a solid career choice. But Hayward, who says he hasn’t played tennis more than a couple of times since moving to Salt Lake City in 2010, still has real game. His serve is now his major weapon: being basketball-tall means that it comes from a high release point and bounces higher than players are used to, resulting in a weak return that Hayward puts away at the net.