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The Hayward talk has only just begun

Published November 5, 2013 3:16 pm

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Brooklyn, N.Y. • On the morning after the deadline to get his extension done had come and gone without a new deal, Gordon Hayward told reporters, with a slight smile, that he was relieved if for no other reasons than he would no longer be subjected to the daily questions about his status.Fair enough.But that doesn't mean the talk is going to stop until July.Grantland's Zac Lowe took a look at Hayward and other restricted free agents in his column today. His point, in sum: There is "very little downside to letting the market play things out."Meanwhile, ESPN's Marc Stein, who reported last month that Hayward and the Jazz were close to getting a deal done (although apparently not that close), threw out some predictions today, including one about how much Hayward will cost the Jazz come summertime.Stein also predicts that Jazz coach Ty Corbin will be fired this season and replaced by longtime Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. These are Stein's "fearless" predictions, so some of them are obviously way out there.I, for one, would be extremely surprised if the Jazz fired Corbin this year. The coach is without a deal at the end of this season, so it's possible that this is his last year. But the Jazz put Corbin in a tough situation, going all in on developing its young core, and they know that.— Aaron Falk