HoopsHype Gordon Hayward rumors


July 13, 2014 Updates

Hayward’s deal will start at $14.8 million next year, increasing annually. The contract reportedly includes a player option for the final season, giving Hayward the ability to opt out of the deal after three seasons. The Jazz knew Hayward stood to see a substantial payday. But Lindsey said the high-dollar contract should be viewed in terms of the current market, and the ever-increasing salary cap of the NBA. Salt Lake Tribune

Despite failing to reach a deal in the fall, Bartelstein said there was never bad blood between the two sides. And now, with a new deal in place, the agent believes his client will be free of some of the pressure of playing last year with uncertainty hanging over his head. "That’s a lot of pressure," the agent said of playing through a contract year. "You try to put it out of your mind. You tell yourself it’s out of your mind. But it’s human nature. It’s there in the back of your mind all the time. Now he can go do what he loves to do more than anything in the world: go play basketball. "Now Gordon will go back and focus on the coming season and he’ll play his heart out, the way he always has." Salt Lake Tribune

July 12, 2014 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: The Jazz sent Hornets notification this morning, source tells Yahoo Sports. Hayward will sign a four-year, $63M deal with Jazz today. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

July 11, 2014 Updates

The Utah Jazz are officially on the clock when it comes to Gordon Hayward. The restricted free agent signed an offer sheet for a four-year, $63 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday. Utah will have until Sunday at 9:59:59 p.m. to declare its intentions of matching. Sources again confirmed that the Jazz will match and keep the 6-foot-8 guard/forward in the organization. Deseret News

July 10, 2014 Updates

It’s official. Gordon Hayward signed his offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets, the team announced early Thursday morning, just hours after the NBA’s moratorium had lifted. The Utah Jazz will now have three days (until 9:59 p.m. MT on Sunday) to match the four-year, $63 million offer for the restricted free agent. Salt Lake Tribune

The Cavaliers and Hornets were among those stops, and Bartelstein said Hayward came away especially impressed by Charlotte’s pitch — a playoff team last year in the East, trying to take the next step — and, of course, by its cash. "They really rolled out the red carpet and let him know how bad they wanted him, and they obviously put together a terrific offer," Bartelstein said. Salt Lake Tribune

July 9, 2014 Updates

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