HoopsHype Gordon Hayward rumors

October 31, 2013 Updates
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The Jazz and Hayward have until 9:59 p.m. MT on Thursday to reach a deal to extend the 23-year-old swingman’s contract; otherwise, Utah’s first-round pick in 2010 will become a restricted free agent this summer. So far, no deal has been reached. If Hayward is thinking much about the ongoing talks, he’s not saying. "The game is the only thing that’s on my mind right now," he said. "That’s what’s important." Salt Lake Tribune

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But as Hayward continues to showcase his under-appreciated skills during the preseason, and as it seems more apparent that his fanbase extends beyond the Jazz and to the league at large, the chance remains that he may not agree to an extension and will instead choose to be a highly sought-after restricted free agent next summer. A person with knowledge of the talks said the two sides were not close to a deal as of Saturday afternoon, though that doesn't mean one may not eventually get done. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks. USA Today Sports

October 25, 2013 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that Hayward remains likely to land an extension before the deadline, with negotiations expected to pick up in pace this weekend after the team returns from a weeklong road trip in Southern California. ESPN.com

“I’d love to be in Utah for the rest of my career,” Hayward said to HOOPSWORLD. “The fans are great there, I love playing basketball there, but I’ll let my representatives deal with that and just focus on basketball. HoopsWorld

Official numbers on Favors' extension obtained by ESPN.com show that 2010's No. 2 overall pick received a four-year deal that guarantees just over $47.7 million. Sources indicate that Hayward's deal could still wind up higher than Favors' contract, given the strong interest leaguewide in the former Butler star and the fears in Utah that Hayward would attract even more lucrative offer sheets in free agency from rival bidders next summer if he gets that far. ESPN.com

October 24, 2013 Updates

Doc Rivers has a "man crush" on Gordon Hayward. Asked about the Jazz’s fourth-year swingman before Wednesday night’s preseason game and the Clippers head coach had to interrupt. "I have a man crush on that guy," Rivers said. "He’s really good." Salt Lake Tribune

October 21, 2013 Updates

Marc Stein: Jazz won't go any farther publicly than acknowledging talks ongoing but I'm told deal -- if completed -- will be richer than Favors' deal. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

The Jazz front office continues to have talks with fourth-year forward Gordon Hayward about a possible contract extension. But even after the team announced Saturday it had agreed to a multi-year deal with forward Derrick Favors, worth a reported $49 million over four seasons, Hayward said he is not concerned about getting a deal done. "Not at all," he said. "Extremely happy for him. It’s great for the organization, for [Favors]. Couldn’t be happier for him. I’m just playing basketball. I don’t worry about that." Salt Lake Tribune

October 20, 2013 Updates

The Jazz front office continues to have talks with fourth-year forward Gordon Hayward about a possible contract extension. But even after the team announced Saturday it had agreed to a multi-year deal with forward Derrick Favors, worth a reported $49 million over four seasons, Hayward said he is not concerned about getting a deal done. "Not at all," he said. "Extremely happy for him. It’s great for the organization, for [Favors]. Couldn’t be happier for him. I’m just playing basketball. I don’t worry about that." Salt Lake Tribune

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