By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
The Utah Jazz are working on a contract extension with Gordon Hayward.
Hayward and the Jazz have less than a week to reach such a deal, as they have until 11:59 pm on Halloween night to strike a deal. The Jazz have already re-signed fellow young player, Derrick Favors, to a long-term deal in recent days, who also had to be signed by Halloween night.
Without a long-term deal, Hayward would become a restricted free agent in July. According to ESPN, negotiations are expected to pick up over the weekend.
Right now, it is believed that Hayward is not expected to get a contract in the range of the Favors deal. Favors signed a four-year extension with the team that guarantees him $47.7 million.
There is already a belief that if Hayward reached the open market, he would receive a higher contract than that of what the Jazz gave to Favors. And then the team would have a hard time signing the former Butler star from the rival bidders in an offer sheet, as the rival bidders would front load the contract or put a poison pill in the deal.
Recently, new Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said that he had a man crush on Hayward. He went on to say, “I have a man crush on that guy. He’s really good.”