The Utah Jazz are definitely in a rebuilding mode, but the organization seems to know what guys they want to build around for the future. The center piece of this team looks like it will be power forward Derrick Favors, for the meantime. After signing Favors to a hefty contract extension, the Jazz were thinking they could get another deal done with one of their key players.
Swingman Gordon Hayward has been an integral role player for the Jazz since entering the league, and it looks like they would like him to stay long-term. The unfortunate part about their current state, is that Hayward and the team did not reach an agreement in time on a contract extension and Hayward will be a free agent next summer.
Although they did not reach an extension, Hayward still feels good about his state with the Jazz.
“Ultimately, we just couldn’t reach a deal that both sides felt good about,” Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said as the deadline neared closer. “That happens sometimes. No hard feelings at all. No one’s upset. This doesn’t change the way Gordon feels about the Jazz.”
“I would love to be here,” Hayward said according to the Desert News. “That would be great, especially playing with Fav and be a part of this franchise. It’s a great franchise. I would love that.”
“These deals are not easy to do. It was a great effort made by both sides,” Bartelstein said. “He (Hayward) couldn’t feel better about Utah.”
It’s good to know that Hayward is optimistic, but the business side of things could catch up to him and could split the two parties up next summer.