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July 09, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Gordon Hayward wants to be a Hornet

Gordon Hayward, arguably at the top of the “B” list of free agents, wants to be a Charlotte Hornet.

            A knowledgeable source tells the Observer that the 6-foot-8 small forward, will sign an offer sheet when the NBA moratorium ends Thursday. Then it’s up to the Utah Jazz whether they match or let the Hornets receive him under NBA rules.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 9, 2014 at 12:49 AM | Permalink


Yessss!!!! The ball is in the Jazz court.

Posted by: Hmm | Jul 9, 2014 12:59:30 AM

Please Jazz...do the stupid thing and MATCH the Hornets offer. NO WAY is Gordon worth MAX contract. 4 years at $63/million for a 16pt stat line is severely overpaying for him. That is $15.6 million per year...more than Big Al is getting paid. Jazz...please match and take the stupidity out of the Hornets organization.

Posted by: KYL | Jul 9, 2014 1:46:30 AM

Glad they were aggressive. Even though it is a long shot, that would be one heck of a young nucleus they would have. He has great playmaking skills as a wing. His numbers were very good when paired with Al in the past. Would be interesting playing with MKG with MKG taking the tougher defensive match up. Too good to be true. Unfortunately we know what that means.

Posted by: Alex | Jul 9, 2014 1:49:09 AM

if he really wanted to be a hornet he would demand a sign and trade, not sign an offer sheet. two completely different things.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 9, 2014 3:57:51 AM


I agree with you, but the truth is he has "absolutly" no leverage to demand anything, specially when your 24 and signing your first long term contract worth Max money. He can want all he wants, but at that age and at his stage in his career, his agent is pulling the strings. The last thing he wants to do is look like Lebron James with his "decision".

Posted by: RobC | Jul 9, 2014 9:52:35 AM

he has the leverage of not signing an extension with utah. i'm just stating the facts, if he REALLY wanted out....he would have engaged about sign and trade before agreeing to the offer sheet. maybe he does that now before signing the offer sheet, but that's not what is being reported.

i'm just clarifying that it's not about him wanting to be here, it's about him locking up a max deal whether it's here or there. more appropriate phrasing would be "hayward wants to be in charlotte - if not with the jazz" because that would be accurate.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 9, 2014 10:23:59 AM

he still has the leverage to threaten to take the qualifying offer and playing out next season with the jazz and then leaving without no compensation to utah

with the threat a sign and trade might be worked out which would take a combination of henderson, byombo and draft picks. no way zeller or vonleh get put into any kind of deal and utah already has several bigs

Posted by: afan | Jul 9, 2014 9:26:46 PM

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