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Hayward takes a gamble ... on himself

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07:26 AM ET 11.01 | Gordon Hayward will enter the weekend without a deal and, next summer, he'll enter restricted free agency. Utah general manager Dennis Lindsey and Hayward's agent Mark Bartelstein had been seriously trading proposals for the past week, but couldn't come to terms on an extension, sources said. The sides never came close on a deal, remaining several million dollars apart, league sources told Yahoo. Hayward had been seeking a deal in the four-year, $50-million plus range, sources said. Hayward will have significant interest on the market next summer and could command a deal in that range. Nevertheless, the Jazz can match an offer sheet and keep Hayward, which is the likely scenario. Hayward is willing to risk the possibility of a severe injury this season on the belief that he can command significantly more as a restricted free agent.

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November 1, 2013  08:37 AM ET
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am I missing something?why in the world would you give his guy 12+ mil a year?

This should have been the guy that should have gotten Favors' contract.

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November 1, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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Really?I wouldn't have paid either.They're going to pay him more $ than his scoring average?

You're gonna have to pay some good players or else you'll lose them. He is not a superstar but those are not superstar type contract. Anything over $70 million are superstar contracts.

November 1, 2013  09:10 AM ET

Hayward is a 2nd , 3rd option SG/SF. He is good not great he should be in the 4yr 10 million. As he is projecting an improvement on himself. If he were more of a threat offensively, and defensively I would say he is worth 4 yr 13million as that would put him almost on the level of a Deng/Granger. The funny thing if this was last year he would have received that money he is requesting as Minnesota was willing to overspend. Oh and you guys about the Favors deal, I think he will earn that he will be a double, double guy and he plays really good defense. Wings can be had easier, but go to wings are paid top dollar. Bigs are in demand, those that can rebound and defend will be paid 10plus million.

November 1, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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You're gonna have to pay some good players or else you'll lose them. He is not a superstar but those are not superstar type contract. Anything over $70 million are superstar contracts.

Yeah I forgot to mention that but we will see who is willing to spend this year. There is not a roster I can put him on right now that would pay him what he is asking for. All the teams with money are tanking, the team with assets like Cleveland could probably use him but at that cost still doesn't make the most sense as they would probably have to give up a first round pick. There have been a few players who signed and extension early that ended up outplaying their contract and I believe that is Steph Curry.

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November 1, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

November 1, 2013  10:00 AM ET

You guys are way too hard on the kid. He's improved every year and is a young talent. He deserves to get paid. A lot of GM's have been looking at this kid and can't wait to try and pry him off the Jazz.

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November 1, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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he may have some talent-but unles you project him to be a legit #1 or #2why rush and pay him?he is their property, he's going to be a RFA,let the market dictate- don't out bid yourself

I agree. You guys make it sound like he's crap though. He is going to be a solid player, the kid works hard and improves every year. I wouldn't max him out obviously but a contract close to what Favors is getting sounded reasonable.

November 1, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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I agree. You guys make it sound like he's crap though. He is going to be a solid player, the kid works hard and improves every year. I wouldn't max him out obviously but a contract close to what Favors is getting sounded reasonable.

Yup, exactly what I meant. Teams would have to overpay a little to keep some promising player that will help a club. The cap gets bigger every year and they have to spend their money wisely. They're good complements to a superstar and superstars are worth double for what they are asking.

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November 1, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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why is he a 'good' player ?him and favors are nobodysand certainly no one was going to give/offer anything close to a max.so let the market play out and don't overbid against yourselfif they keep both or let both go ? who cares-neither are difference making guys and BOTH are likely backups on any decent team

You are a bit harsh on the guy but I actually agree. He is a decent player but not worth a max contract. There will be someone stupid enough to offer too much though...

November 1, 2013  11:29 AM ET

Hellllllllp, I'm white and can't get down...........

November 1, 2013  11:50 AM ET
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he scored 12 points a game.why should he get even 10 mil?he's basically mike dunleavy.why would you pay a guy that is basically a jumpshooting glue guy?when your team currently stinks and have NO CHANCE at competing for 3-4 years?I get overpaying if you need a guy like that to get you over teh top...but utah is not even remotey close- and they are filling their roster with mediocre guys at big $- that is not the way to build a team

Never judge a talent off what they score point per game. He has a few things going for him he is good offensively and solid defensively not great and he is young. Young guys with potential and that are starter worthy are going to get around 10millon year. It is a supply and demand league. PG's are not in demand proably the least demand so the going rate for them is lower. SG's are in demand a little bit more but he really doesn't have much choices depending on how much he thinks he is worth. You compared him to Dunleavy lol come on man, he plays defense better than Dunleavy. You want to lock him up now as your team gets better and then draft talent develop. Right now they need a go to scorer which will have to come via draft or trade.

November 1, 2013  11:57 AM ET

Also remember this you let him walk you are tanking forever. Utah isn't as bad s what you think. They are set at PF, C. They need to see what their PG Burke can do but they just need a SF longterm and retain Gordon. There will be a team in a worse situation and will gladly spend for his services (Boston, Suns)

 
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