Gordon Hayward opts out of contract with Jazz, enters free agency

Gordon Hayward opts out of contract with Jazz, enters free agency

Gordon Hayward opts out of contract with Jazz, enters free agency

I understand that this topic has been completely blown out of proportion these past few weeks, but let's take a minute to discuss why Gordon Hayward leaving the Utah Jazz is a bad decision, no matter how obvious it may be to Jazz Nation.

I do, however, fear that president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is getting caught up in emotions. The free agency period begins at 10 p.m. MDT Friday. Eastern, the moment when players like Hayward, Kyle Lowry, Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap and many more can start officially taking meetings and hearing pitches that will ultimately help them decide where to play next season. The theory is it won't happen on July 4th given it is a holiday. "It's always a pretty exciting time". Haslem is also a free agent, though the Heat indicated to the Miami native again on Saturday that they want him to return next season for what would be his 15th year with his hometown team.

His peers made him a strong No. 3 in the Executive of the Year voting for 2016-17, behind Golden State's Bob Myers and Huston's Daryl Morey.

"We're going all-in", Houston general manager Daryl Morey said. George, who has one year left on his contract, told the Pacers he will not resign with the team. "We're adjusting right now".

However, Porter is a restricted free agent, meaning Washington can match any offer sheet given to him. But is he at the level where George sees Hayward's presence in Boston as a deal breaker to signing an extension with the Celtics? They didn't trade for Jimmy Butler. It is fully conceivable the Jazz could have had a much better record had Hill played a full 82-game season. "That's what happens with great leaders".

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However, a new team has entered the scene, expressing their interest in taking in Paul George. Also, George, who averaged 23.7 points last season, reportedly would like to play in Los Angeles. Luckily, many people in Utah feel this way, most publicly manifested through the #Stayward billboard campaign that has overtaken I-15.

Here's the deal. Hayward would be the guy in Miami just as he was in Utah.

Should the Jazz decide to go down that road with Galinari, re-signing restricted free agent Joe Ingles is an absolute must to provide depth behind the Italian Stallion. He headlines a power-forward group that has Millsap, Serge Ibaka, Taj Gibson and others. Where will the most notable names land? It's San Antonio. He's Gregg Popovich's favorite player.

"Some of the contracts were sort of out of whack", Riley said.

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