How a Jazz unequivocally mislaid Gordon Hayward in 2014

Despite carrying a many noted Jazz deteriorate in a post-Jerry Sloan era, Utah’s cache has been cut in half with a depart of Gordon Hayward. But it didn’t have to be this way, and it’s partially a organization’s error that it is.


In a summer of 2014, a Jazz had a possibility to offer Hayward five-year, $80 million max understanding in giveaway group after they unsuccessful to determine to terms on an prolongation for a swingman’s services progressing that fall. Instead, a Jazz opted to let Hayward exam a market.

That’s where things went down hill.

Yes, a Jazz went about things a right way. They built their group adult by a breeze and hired a ideal manager for their talent. But partial of Hayward’s remarkable depart has to tumble on them. They could simply have, during least, one some-more deteriorate of Hayward in Utah. Now? We’ll never know what this group could’ve truly become.

The Jazz didn’t know what they had in Hayward

At a start of a 2013-14 season, a Jazz non-stop agreement prolongation talks with Hayward — usually as any group would do with a soon-to-be limited giveaway agent. To that point, Hayward was closer to a awaiting than an All-Star. He increasing his scoring bucket from 5.4 points to his rookie deteriorate to 14.1 points per diversion in his third season.

But it was formidable for him to find mins behind Marvin Williams and he usually started in 27 games that deteriorate after starting in 58 a deteriorate before. Hayward showed improvement, though a Jazz didn’t believe it was estimable of some-more than about $48 million through a life of a understanding — a same prolongation a Jazz sealed Derrick Favors to.

Paul George had usually sealed a four-year, $80 million prolongation with a Pacers and Hayward was looking for something closer to that — though not a max, per Jazz contributor Jody Genessy.

Hayward’s side was reportedly anticipating to secure some-more than Favors’ income though somewhere reduction than a $80 million limit understanding associate 2010 draftee Paul George perceived this offseason.

At a time, Hayward’s representative Mark Bartelstein pronounced a max understanding was a easiest understanding to get done, though it wasn’t what Hayward’s stay wanted. “We’re articulate about something different. It can be difficult,” he said.

Hindsight is always 20/20, though a Jazz were right to be wavering to usually chuck a near-max understanding during Hayward. They had just paid Favors, who had critical two-way intensity though was substantially a delegate or tertiary member of a core during best. Hayward hadn’t shown he had a chops for being a tip scoring choice and Alec Burks was due for an prolongation a really subsequent season. It’s penny pinching, though for a tiny marketplace group like a Jazz it’s important. They had to find a approach to compensate all 3 though removing too expensive.

Hayward seemed like he could have a earnest destiny as a versatile NBA swingman, though zero was guaranteed nonetheless with his career.

They missed out on a five-year max

Hayward softened once again that deteriorate after betting on himself and flitting a Jazz’s initial prolongation offer. He usually shot 30 percent from 3 and 41 percent from a field, though increasing his scoring normal to 16.2 points per diversion while holding on a some-more distinguished purpose with a team.

Now, this is where a Jazz finished their large mistake. Hayward had softened in each singular deteriorate adult to that point, though Utah refused to offer him a five-year, $80 million max agreement before permitting him to exam a market. They misread things, meditative Hayward wouldn’t be means to hoard a max offer from anyone — though both a Cavaliers and Hornets had skeleton on creation Hayward their wing for a destiny on a max deal.

Such is a inlet of limited giveaway agency. Bad teams with top space and small to no building blocks take crap shots on young, gifted players by throwing costly offer sheets during them in hopes that their teams won’t match. See a Brooklyn Nets with Otto Porter this year or Allen Crabbe final year.

The Hornets did a same thing with Hayward that year and offering him a four-year, $63 million offer sheet. It wasn’t a max understanding and, frankly, incited into a discount for a Jazz. But a kicker was a understanding came with a actor choice in a fourth year, that left Hayward a event to dart after 3 years of his understanding and usually a year after attack his prime.

Teams who offer limited giveaway agents contracts mostly do this so a same giveaway agents can exam a marketplace though restrictions as shortly as possible. If they’re good? They’re attack their walk in their primary and will be accessible to cook again after 3 seasons. If they’re bad? It’s not your problem unless they pointer with you. And even if they do, your group wasn’t good anyway. It’s a win-win situation.

Sure, a Jazz reaped a advantages of a discount primarily by not teetering toward a oppulance tax. But another $17 million on that understanding with an additional year wouldn’t have finished any mistreat for a Jazz and could have given them another dual years with Hayward though a actor option.

The Jazz were cheap, and they paid for it

Utah built their group into a 51-win pretender by building by a draft. They found a intensity defensive actor of a year candidate, one of a league’s some-more fit wings and several pivotal revolution players by that process.

But they mislaid one of those pieces yesterday since they didn’t wish to offer an additional year of confidence on their initial offer to Hayward. They sealed him adult for a prolonged haul, though did it with reduction security. That came behind to punch them on Tuesday evening.


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