Rumors circled around the Cleveland Cavaliers camp on Tuesday about the possibility of presenting Utah Jazz wing Gordon Hayward with a max offer sheet. Now, those rumors are starting to come to life. Following the news that the Boston Celtics, one of the teams said to be gunning for Hayward, re-signed guard Avery Bradley to a four-year, $32 million deal, Cleveland shot to the top of the destinations that Hayward could land at. Yahoo Sports NBA insider and Fox Sports 1 broadcaster Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the news. Hayward will meet with the Cavs on Wednesday.
Utah RFA Gordon Hayward is meeting with Cavaliers officials in Cleveland today, sources tell Yahoo. Offer sheet could be forthcoming.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2014
Regarding the terms of the deal, Ken Berger at CBS reported that if the Cavaliers would make a max offer to Hayward, it would be of the four-year, $63 million variety. If offered the max contract, Hayward would make $14.8 million in his first season.
If Cavs make max offer to Gordon Hayward, it would be a four-year, $63m deal starting at $14.8m. He made $3.5m last season.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 2, 2014
Although wings are a precious commodity in the free agent pool, especially this offseason, Hayward had an off season shooting during his 2013-14 campaign. In his third season, Hayward shot 43.5 percent from the field, 41.5 percent from three and 82.7 percent from the free throw line. In his previous season, Hayward’s numbers dropped, as he shot 41.3 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from three and 81.6 percent from the free throw line.