It’s safe to say that Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward are going to be a big part of the Utah Jazz’ future.
Especially with the newest reports coming out of Salt Lake City; According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Hayward will “indeed get an extension” before the October 31 deadline. Not just that, but he also says that it will richer than Favors’.
Favors and the Jazz agreed on a four-year, $49 million contract extension over the weekend.
Hayward is the Jazz’ starting small forward and has been their go-to scorer and, now with Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson officially gone, that role will probably be expanded.
Last season, Hayward averaged 14.1 points per game on 47 percent shooting. That’s really good for a guard/forward. He shot an even more impressive 42 percent from three.
The only question that remains is if Hayward is worth a, let’s say, $13 million per year? Is he really a player that is the face of a franchise? I’m not sure, but I’m leaning towards no. I still don’t think the future face of the Jazz is on the roster, currently.
If he were, then the Jazz wouldn’t be bad this season, which they will be. Either way, if this is the only way to keep Hayward on their team they should do it. Hayward is not a player that you can just let walk or trade away.
Tie him up, along with Favors, and see what happens. That appears to be the Jazz’ thinking. Why should I disagree with them?