Report: Utah to match max offer sheet for Gordon Hayward
Hayward will reportedly sign the deal, which includes a fourth-year player option and 15 percent trade kicker, on Saturday. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, spoke with USA Today's Sam Amick.
Bartelstein: "It's a win-win. Charlotte made an incredible impression on him...and it's always great to know that your team values you."— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 12, 2014
Hayward, 24, averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 36.4 minutes a game last season, posting a 16.2 Player Efficiency Rating and 3.6 win shares.
His shot attempts rose and field goal percentage declined as he shoulder a larger share of Utah's offense following the offseason departures of big men Al Jefferson (Charlotte Hornets) and Paul Millsap (Atlanta Hawks).
Some have argued that Hayward does not deserve a maximum contract. SI.com's Rob Mahoney explained why Hayward, after completing the final year of a four-year, $11 million rookie contract, was given the max.
Utah has informed Charlotte that the four-year, $63 million offer sheet for Gordon Hayward has been matched, league source tells Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2014
The Jazz sent Hornets notification this morning, source tells Yahoo Sports. Hayward will sign a four-year, $63M deal with Jazz today.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2014