The Utah Jazz has shut down the trade rumors surrounding Gordon Hayward in the past months. However, the 26-year-old small forward is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract next summer and explore the free agency market.
The Utah Jazz is one of the NBA teams who made a huge upgrade on their roster this summer. Rudy Gobert, Boris Diaw, George Hill, and Joe Johnson joined the Jazz making them a playoff contender team.
Kevin Felton of ESPN created a projection for the 2016-17 NBA season where the Utah Jazz is predicted to finish 3rd in the Western Conference. Last season, the Jazz fell in the 9th spot, unable to enter the playoffs. With the improvements on their roster, the Jazz is now one of the best teams in the West.
The Jazz’s latest acquisitions will be surrounding their young core of Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, and Alec Burks. However, their team composed of promising talents is expected to break apart with Hayward expected to become a free agent next year.
According to Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune, Gordon Hayward is expected to opt out, his contract for the 2017-18 NBA season and explore the free agency market.
“Hayward’s pending free agency is well known. He’s expected to opt out of the final year of his contract next summer and cash in for max dollars, whether it be with the Jazz, or with another team.” Jones said.
The 2017 NBA free agency will test how valuable Gordon Hayward is for the Utah Jazz. Hayward will become 27 next year and expected to settle down with the team he will sign next summer. If the Utah Jazz wants to keep him, they should offer a maximum contract.
However, if the Jazz is not willing to pay him that much, Gordon Hayward can easily find a new team who needs his service. Michael Saenz of Sir Charles In Charge revealed that the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat are the potential teams who will be pursuing Hayward next summer.
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