Nov 2, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward (20) dribbles while defended by Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. Houston won 104-93. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Utah Jazz willing to match any offer for Gordon Hayward

The Utah Jazz would really like to re-sign Gordon Hayward. In fact, the Jazz are apparently willing to match any offers made to the restricted free agent in order to get him to return to Utah next season.

With three other teams vying for Hayward at this point, it is possible that he could see a max deal offered to him, which the Jazz would match.

The 24-year-old was drafted by the Jazz No. 9 overall in 2010. In his four years in the league, Hayward has continued to improve and has become a viable offensive threat for the Jazz.

Last year, Hayward averaged a career-high 36 minutes a game while shooting 41 percent from the field. He also added 16 points per game, while averaging 5 assists and 5 rebounds as well. Hayward is also a very reliable free throw shooter, averaging about 81 percent throughout his career.

The Jazz struggled last year, placing dead last in their division in the Western Conference with a deplorable 25-57 record. They recently drafted international guard Dante Exum No. 5 overall in last week’s NBA draft.

With Trey Burke showing promise last year as a rookie for the Jazz, the idea of having Exum and Hayward on the roster as well is sure to excite Jazz fans.

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