For NBA players, there's always the pressure to perform.
But some guys encounter more pressure than most.
Gordon Hayward? Welcome to the most pressure of your career.
Hayward - on Saturday - signed a max contract with the Utah Jazz, worth 4 years and 63 million dollars, a contract that significantly chews into the Jazz' cap space over the next few years. Because of Hayward, the Jazz go from great cap flexibility to simply good cap flexibility. Because of Hayward, the Jazz may very well have to make a choice between Enes Kanter and Alec Burks at some point in the next year.
But that's what the Jazz think of Hayward. They see a 24-year old 6-foot-8 guard/forward with the ability to score, rebound and facilitate the offense. They see a young guy - not yet in his prime - with the ability to take a significant step forward. They see a guy who can potentially grow into Quin Snyder's new offense and thrive with the freedom it will provide.