Utah Jazz Rumors
The Cavs have discussed trading for Utah point guard Shelvin Mack, who makes $2.4 million this season and is averaging 7.3 points and 2.8 assists, among others. They need a backup point guard, not as much for the postseason but certainly for March, as they attempt to get All-Star starters LeBron James and Kyrie Irving some rest.
Albert Nahmad: Gordon Hayward might be the best and most fun interview in the whole of the NBA right now, given his crazy possible options this summer… If Gordon Hayward makes All NBA honors, he could be incentivized to choose a $16.7M player option over a $30.6M max salary. If Gordon Hayward misses All NBA honors, most appealing free agent contract might be virtually identical no matter where he chooses to sign.
Turning into an All-Star was not a goal until he played in the Risings Stars Challenge in 2012. “I realized if I put in the work I could do it,” Hayward said. “I made it a goal then and have worked toward it ever since.” Last summer, he declined an opportunity to play for the U.S. at the Rio Olympics to concentrate on the 2016-17 season. “He told me, ‘I want to be an All-Star,’ ” his father said.
He focused on his footwork and operating offensively from the nail, a spot in the middle of the foul line. For footwork, he watched video of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. “You just see the ease in which both of them were able to get shots off at any point and take advantage of mismatches,” Hayward said. “If one thing was taken away, they had a counter for it. The game was so easy for them because they did the same things over and over and over. I wanted to put some of that into my game.”
FTW: What’s the best question you’ve asked? Stauskas: Ooh. You know, I went up to Gordon Hayward today and I asked — he has the exact same hair and exact same beard as me, so I asked him, “Are you copying my swag or am I copying your swag? Which one is it?” And he was like, “I’m an All-Star. I think you’re copying my swag.” So fair enough, touché.
Using the NBA’s point system of a first-place vote being multiplied by five, a second-place vote multiplied by three and a third-place vote multiplied by one, Green accumulated a total of 295 points. He received 41 first-place votes, 28 second-place votes and six third-place votes. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert finished second with 193 points. He picked up 17 first-place votes, 31 second-place votes and 15 third-place votes. San Antonio Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard came in third with 185 points.