Gordon Hayward is the best player on the Utah Jazz roster but he is expected to become a free agent next summer. Should the Jazz consider trading him this season? Will the Boston Celtics try and reunite him with head coach Brad Stevens?
According to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, Hayward will opt out of his contract at the end of the season and become an unrestricted free agent. The 26-year-old old is reportedly looking for a max contract and he is willing to sign with a different team to get that money.
The Jazz knows that Hayward is their best player but they are going to be in a tough financial situation in the next summer with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert set to get extensions. Add the fact that Rodney Hood and Dante Exum will also want a new deal in the next couple of seasons.
Should the Jazz trade Gordon Hayward at the deadline or risk losing him for nothing in free agency? The team has to decide if Hayward is going to be the face of the franchise going forward. This season is critical for Utah as they try to make the playoffs.
If Hayward can lead to them to the playoffs, then he probably gets a max deal. But if the Jazz starts the season slowly, a trade will be possible but where? The Celtics are looking for a third star to pair with Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford. Gordon Hayward fits perfectly to Brad Stevens’ offense.
Boston has the assets like two first round picks, Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and other young players to convince Utah to part ways with a soon-to-be free agent. However, Danny Ainge would likely want to sign him in free agency than part ways with the Brooklyn Nets’ coveted first round pick.
Nevertheless, it is a critical season for the Jazz as they are going to decide whether Gordon Hayward is their man. If not, he will have a lot of suitors next summer including the Celtics and possibly the Miami Heat.
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