HoopsHype Gordon Hayward rumors

July 12, 2014 Updates
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

That point was reiterated again late Tuesday when another person with knowledge of the situation told the Deseret News that Hayward agreeing to a max deal with the Hornets is a "non-issue for the Jazz." In other words, Utah will match. Deseret News

The Charlotte Hornets are all-in on restricted free agent forward-guard Gordon Hayward. When the NBA moratorium on signings ends Thursday, the Hornets will offer the 6-foot-8 Hayward an offer sheet, an informed source said early Tuesday morning. Hayward has agreed to terms, the source said, and the deal will be for the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement: $63 million over four years. Charlotte Observer

Gordon Hayward, the gifted small forward from the Utah Jazz, wants to be a Charlotte Hornet. The Observer learned first late Monday that Hayward will sign an offer sheet with the Hornets Thursday, once the NBA moratorium ends. Hayward is expected to sign a maximum deal, which would guarantee him $63 million over four years. Charlotte Observer

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