HoopsHype Gordon Hayward rumors

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Hayward's performance in the final period was, well, downright Durant-esque. While the Thunder scoring machine had a 48-point night, with 17 of 19 free throws to offset a rough 3-of-13 outing from 3-point range, Hayward put his team on his shoulders and was the best player on the court when it counted most. "He carried us down the stretch just by making plays," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said of his fourth-year pro. " ... It was a tremendous game for him. "(Durant) was trying to do everything he could to will his team to a win, and I thought Gordon responded for us and did everything he could to help us get this win." Deseret News

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Hayward, who was reportedly seeking a deal in the $12 million per season range, was disappointed a deal couldn’t be reached initially, but has now shifted his focus to next summer where he’s virtually a lock to hit the market as a restricted free agent. “It was unfortunate that we didn’t get a deal done,” Hayward told HOOPSWORLD on his previous contract negotiations with the Jazz. “You wish something could get done but I’m just playing basketball and I’ll let my agent and our front office deal with that next summer. Hopefully we can get something done.” HoopsWorld

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Will Stevens and the Celtics try to land Hayward? If Hayward agrees to an offer from another team, the Jazz can match and retain Hayward. "I'm a Jazz guy and love being here. You just play basketball and that stuff will take care of itself," he said. USA Today Sports

While embracing and adjusting to his new role, he is also turning into Utah's vocal leader. He was bothered that teammates forgot to set screens or didn't know what play to run and said so. "I got after some guys during the game," Hayward said. "If we don't execute our offense, we're not good enough yet individually to take guys one-on-one. When we start standing around, it makes it difficult for everybody. We have to continually move and make sure we're running our plays." The question is, will Hayward be the go-to-guy and vocal leader for the next several seasons? The Jazz and Hayward failed to reach a deal on an extension at the start of the season, and Hayward can become a restricted free agent at the end of the season. USA Today Sports

The new role has resulted in increased minutes and shots for Hayward, who has struggled with his shooting in the first five weeks of the season as he adjusts to an increased role. "It's a bigger role, and I accept the challenge for sure," Hayward told USA TODAY Sports. "It's exciting to have that opportunity in front of you. I'm doing a better job facilitating and making plays for others. I just haven't shot the ball well this season. Hopefully that picks up and I'll be doing all right.:" USA Today Sports

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Will Stevens and the Celtics try to land Hayward? If Hayward agrees to an offer from another team, the Jazz can match and retain Hayward. "I'm a Jazz guy and love being here. You just play basketball and that stuff will take care of itself," Hayward said. USA Today Sports

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