The Cleveland Cavaliers, despite drafting Andrew Wiggins, decided they’d apparently go for broke on Wednesday afternoon as they’re reportedly offered Gordon Hayward a maximum level contract in free agency.
Such a move was a little odd given the current make-up of the Cavaliers roster, but there’s no doubt Gordon Hayward is an up-and-coming star and should prove to be a solid player no matter the franchise he plays for.
Rumors have hinted that the Utah Jazz, Hayward’s current team, will match any offer the restricted free agent receives which may be good news for the forward since he appears to be a gambling man. Why do I say that? Well, apparently he is hedging his bet on the Jazz retaining him as he previously suggested that Cleveland was his least favorite NBA city, comparing it to Gotham.
.@gordonhayward on his least favorite NBA City to play in: "Cleveland. It's like visiting Gotham City."
— Spencer Checketts (@1280Spence) February 25, 2014
Yeah, ouch. Not exactly the type of thing you want to say about a future team.
So what’s the belief here? That Gordon Hayward actually wants to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers or is hopeful that the Utah Jazz match the deal? Presumably Hayward is likely hoping he stays with the Jazz, though even if they opt to let the forward walk in free agency I’m guessing the armored trucks full of money will make playing in ‘Gotham’ a lot easier.
Side note – does that make Dan Gilbert the Penguin? Or is that Anthony Bennett? Hopefully we’ll get to hear about Hayward’s impression of Cleveland once his destination is figured out when players can sign their deals on July 10th.