Saturday, October 19, 2013
Favors done, Hayward next?
By Nick Borges
ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard has confirmed the Utah Jazz and power forward Derrick Favors should complete an extension on Saturday worth at least $49 million over four years. Favors has been on a list of first round picks from the 2010 draft that was expected to sign new deals by the Oct. 31 deadline. Now does his teammate Gordon Hayward get an extension, too?
Hayward is part of the core for Utah moving forward, along with Enes Kanter and Favors, and many followers of the team believe a deal will get done in the next 12 days. Hayward's stats continue to rise and he should put up solid numbers again in 2013-14, which is going to be a rebuilding year for the Jazz. Hayward will begin the season at shooting guard, although he will get plenty of time at small forward. During the preseason Hayward has done a good job facilitating the offense with Trey Burke sidelined and that is another example how important he is to the Jazz.
Hayward may get an offer from Utah that averages about $8 million annually. He will be a restricted free agent next July if an extension is not signed by Oct. 31.