Jazz, Hayward working on a contract extension

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.

Gordon Hayward (Getty Images)

Gordon Hayward (Getty Images)

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.”

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