The Utah Jazz have already made one decision in regards to their future in signing Derrick Favors to an extension recently, and immediately after that move came questions about whether or not forward Gordon Hayward will be next. Most thought that it was an obvious move, considering the Jazz need some pieces to keep intact and build on in the future.
However, as the deadline approaches faster and faster, it appears as though that extension very well could wind up falling through. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, that looks to be the case.
Y! Sources: As extension deadline looms on Friday, the Jazz and Gordon Hayward remain far apart in contract talks. http://t.co/JgqTSjaMH9
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 26, 2013
Hayward had arguably his best season as a pro last year averaging a career high in points with 14.1 points per game on 43.5 percent shooting. Hayward became very consistent from beyond the arc in 2012, taking 3.4 shots per game from long distance and averaging 41.5 percent on those shots.
Hayward, only 23 still, could be a valuable part of this core in the future. He’s become a guy that is learning to do it all and can be a reliable spot up shooter when called upon. It may be that the Jazz want to see what he can do as a full-time starter and then hope to extend him after the season if he so desires to do that.
At this point, if I am the Jazz I would definitely make sure I could lock Hayward in for another few years — at the right price, of course. If he’s demanding too much money, let him walk. But, there’s still even more potential here with Hayward. He hasn’t hit his ceiling just yet, and with a new role like this he could become a big part of any success in 2013.