There is no doubt that the Cleveland Cavaliers brought in an extremely talented wing in Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall selection. Now, it seems as if the team could be adding another deadly sidekick for Kyrie Irving in restricted free agent Gordon Hayward, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Since Hayward is a restricted free agent, the Utah Jazz will be able to match any offer that an outside team gives to Hayward, and it’s likely that they do so.
Jazz vowing to match any offer to RFA Gordon Hayward but fresh rumbles tonight that Cavs weighing wisdom of big offer sheet to Hayward
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
Other teams, like the Boston Celtics, will be making a big push to bring in Hayward. Much like the big man crop, the wings in this year’s free agency class are very limited, so RFAs like Hayward and Chandler Parsons of the Houston Rockets will be persistently pursued by outside teams. However, it is very unlikely that the Jazz will let their young star walk.
Hayward has been steadily improving over his four years in the NBA, averaging 16.2 points, 5.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals just this past season, while shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from three and 81.6 percent from the free throw line. Although Hayward’s shooting numbers took a big dip from the prior season, the former Butler project took reign of a struggling Utah team and made the best of his opportunities. Hayward did also see more than seven minutes per game on the court in 2013-14 than he did in 2012-13.
Players like Hayward and Parsons are expected to be offered a deal from outside teams around the four-year, $50 million variety. However, that’s not the only option for the Cavs to land the talented wing. The team could work out a sign and trade so that Utah wouldn’t match the offer that the Cavs send Hayward’s way, but that would mean giving up one to two assets in the process.