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Utah Jazz: Hayward agrees to max deal; Utah set to match it

Utah has financial room to keep him, but it will cost $63M over four seasons.

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Still, this is a substantial deal - and more expensive than the Jazz would have had to spend had they been able to lock Hayward up before last season began.

After extension talks broke down last fall agent Mark Bartelstein said Hayward had not been seeking a max deal from the Jazz.

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Hayward was thrust into the role of being the Jazz’s top option last year. His squad struggled to win and he struggled with his shot, dipping to career lows in field goal and three point percentage.

But Hayward also showed off his diverse skill set.

Hayward averaged 16 points, five rebounds and five assists.

And in a market short on wing talent and flush with cash (the Jazz were one of 11 teams with the cap space to offer Hayward a max deal), the wait has paid off for Hayward.

Now Utah will have to dig deeper into its coffers to keep him.

Once the Jazz receive the terms of the signed offer sheet, the franchise will have 72 hours to decide whether to match. According to reports, the deal includes a player option for the final year of the deal, giving Hayward a chance to opt out after three seasons.

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