Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward (20) tosses autographed basketballs in to the crowd, after the last home game of the season, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, April 14, 2014
Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward signs Hornets’ offer sheet
NBA » Jazz will now have three days to match offer for restricted free agent.
First Published Jul 10 2014 10:21 am • Last Updated Jul 11 2014 03:47 pm

It’s official.

Gordon Hayward signed his offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets, the team announced early Thursday morning, just hours after the NBA’s moratorium had lifted. The Utah Jazz will now have three days (until 9:59 p.m. MT on Sunday) to match the four-year, $63 million offer for the restricted free agent.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

It’s a larger deal than Hayward sought before last season, when agent Mark Bartelstein and the Jazz discussed an extension.

"[But] when you get to free agency, you never know what will happen," Bartelstein said Thursday. "He’s a young, unbelievably talented player who’s emerging. Those guys are really hard to get in free agency. There was a lot of interest in him, no question, from day one. We made a lot of visits, talked to a lot of people."

The Cavaliers and Hornets were among those stops, and Bartelstein said Hayward came away especially impressed by Charlotte’s pitch — a playoff team last year in the East, trying to take the next step — and, of course, by its cash.

"They really rolled out the red carpet and let him know how bad they wanted him, and they obviously put together a terrific offer," Bartelstein said.

Hayward’s deal will start at $14.8 million next year, increasing annually. It’s a similar figure to what Rockets forward Chandler Parsons, another young restricted free agent, received in an offer sheet from Dallas. According to reports, Parsons is set to make $46 million over three years.

The Jazz will have three days to evaluate the offer and decide whether to match, and all signs point to Hayward returning to Utah. Bartelstein declined to comment on the probability of the Jazz matching, but said Utah maintained contact throughout the process.

"There’s never been any bad blood with the Jazz, and there have always been good-faith negotiations," the agent said. "We weren’t able to make a deal last fall and this is what happens. This is the free agency process."

Hayward averaged 16 points, five rebounds and five assists a game last season, as he led a rebuilding Jazz team to a 25-57 record. He also shot career lows in the process.

story continues below
story continues below


Twitter: @tribjazz

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.