The Jazz surprised no one Friday when they picked up team options for 2013-14 on their four core young players: Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and Enes Kanter. For Favors and Hayward, it's their fourth-year option, and they will become restricted free agents at the end of 2014, assuming the Jazz do not sign the players to extensions before then.
Kanter and Burks will be going into their third seasons. The Jazz also hold team options on them for 2014-15.
"These young guys, they've worked extremely hard," coach Tyrone Corbin said. "They've shown improvement and they'll continue to do that. They deserve to be rewarded with the extra year on their contract."
Favors' contract calls for him to make $6 million in his fourth season, while Hayward will earn $3.4 million. Kanter will be paid $4.5 million and Burks will make $2.2 million.
While the moves were no-brainers for the Jazz, they give them a bit of stability going into next season. The rest of the roster is a giant unknown, with eight players with expiring contracts and one more, Marvin Williams, with a player option.
"If a guy's in the last year of a contract, which we have a lot of guys on this team in, it's a thought in their head and they watch every little thing, from their minutes to their numbers," Corbin said. "Their agents, their friends, people in their group are telling them about numbers more so than just wins. That's a concern, but it's real and we have to make sure we address it with the guys that are free agents."
— Bill Oram
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