The Utah Jazz and small forward Gordon Hayward had until October 31st to agree on a contract extension, something they were unable to do. Now the talented swingman will enter the 2014 offseason as a restricted free agent, which will allow the Jazz to match any offer Hayward receives on the open market.
Despite not getting a deal done, Hayward harbors no ill feelings towards the organization, recently suggesting that he loves playing for the organization, even though he wishes something would have got done contractually:
“I wish it could have happened,” Hayward said. “[But] this in no way changes the way I feel about Utah at all. I love being here, love playing for them. No hard feelings at all,” Hayward said. “I understand the NBA is a business, and they’ve got to make business decisions.”
Barring an outlandish contract offer from an opposing team during the 2014 offseason, there’s almost no way Hayward isn’t a member of the Utah Jazz next season as the two sides will either agree on their own deal, the Jazz will match an oppositions deal or Hayward will take the one-year qualifying offer he’ll be presented with.