With NBA free agency to begin on Saturday morning, the Jazz have some key free agents on the market. It seems that George Hill wants to stay and Gordon Hayward wants out.
The Utah Jazz won 51 games, advanced past the first round and got eliminated by the Golden State Warriors. Quin Snyder has slowly built this team up to a respectable point, but it could all go away very quickly, with this pivotal free-agent period coming up.
The Jazz have Gordon Hayward and George Hill, two starting players, set to hit the free-agent market. But in order for them to repeat their success, they’ll need both back and some more on top.
Hayward was an All-Star last year, bringing his game and subsequently his brand to new heights. With connections to Celtics’ head coach, Brad Stevens, from their Butler days, Hayward could be headed to Bean-town. Pat Riley and Miami have also shown strong interest in the small forward. Now according to Yahoo BDL’s Ben Rohrbach, bet against Hayward staying in Utah.
George Hill, a point guard that played his best basketball in Snyder’s system, wants to stay in Utah, but wants to get paid as well. Hill wants to make a reunion with the Spurs or also join the young core in Minnesota to build something there, if Utah doesn’t work out.
If the Jazz want to continue to their run of success and advance deeper in the playoffs, they are going to have to find a way to sign and keep both of these players. They were extremely pivotal to Utah’s playoff run and their team will crumble without either. Rudy Gobert is fantastic, but in an NBA that’s getting smaller, teams need star wings and guards to be really good.