Nov 1, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) handles the ball against the Phoenix Suns forward P.J Tucker (17) in the second half at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Jazz 87-84. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Gordon Hayward a good fit for the Phoenix Suns


The Phoenix Suns were one of the surprises of the NBA this season.

Although the Suns didn’t make a return to the postseason, they finished 48-34 and showed extreme improvement in the 2013-2014 season. They tried to get into the postseason and flirted with the idea of acquiring Pau Gasol from the Los Angeles Lakers or Luol Deng from the Cleveland Cavaliers, but obviously neither move was made.

Now that the offseason is nearly here, the Suns will likely be very active. Their first order of business will probably be re-signing guard Eric Bledsoe. They will target the big stars on the market, but may be better suited and could into the mix for the free agents on a slightly lesser lever, like Utah Jazz restricted free agent Gordon Hayward.

Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes the Jazz will wind up retaining Hayward, “paying him what they need to,” but would to see him with the Phoenix Suns.

I am one of the few that loves Hayward’s game. Mainly, because I don’t expect him to do things he simply can’t. I appreciate guys with all-around games that can sort of do a bunch of things relatively well. While every team needs specialists like scorers, playmakers, and shot-blockers…I also think “glue guys” that can do a lot of the intermediate stuff are every bit as vital to overall success. Something tells me the Jazz end up paying him what they need to, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him with the Suns either.

Hayward averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game for the Jazz last season. He shot 41.3% from the field and 30.4% from beyond the arc.

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