The Utah Jazz should have one priority this offseason, do whatever they possibly can to convince Gordon Hayward to stay in Utah. Hayward's progression in Utah has taken several years, but it finally came to fruition this year when he made the all-star team. Hayward had steadily gotten better each and every year he's been in the league, however this year he took that next step. Hayward is now a star in this league, something that doesn't come around everyday, so the Jazz need to make sure they bring him back. I'm sure they're willing to offer him the max deal and I'm sure he'll be able to get the new super max if he stays with Utah. The financial incentive will be there to stay in Utah, although it may take more than that to keep a star of Hayward's talents in such a small market.
If Gordon Hayward goes somewhere else he won't make nearly as much money, even though once you start getting into the $100 million range I think winning starts becoming a more important factor than a few extra million. Also, if Hayward goes to a bigger market he gets more eyes on him, which means shoes deals, commercials, and a shit ton of cash. Money isn't going to be enough to keep him in Utah, the Jazz need a plan, and a damn good one if they want Gordon Hayward to stay with their franchise.
Jazz have some nice pieces and they proved they're a top 4 team in the western conference. The thing is that the difference between #4 in the west and #1 in the west is gigantic. The Warriors are 2 or 3 great players better than the Jazz. Ultimately, the Jazz need to find a way to get two other stars in Utah or there's no hope. I don't expect them to be able to get them right away, but if they can convince Hayward how they're going to get him some star players around him then I believe he'll have no issue staying. One problem, no one is going to want to come to Utah. That's the sad reality of the situation, location matters, and let's be honest Utah isn't the hottest spot on the map. If the Jazz aren't able to develop two superstars, and I don't see two potential superstars other than Hayward on that team, then Hayward isn't staying. Tell you right now, Utah isn't getting a superstar in free agency, never have, never will.
There you have it, Gordon Hayward probably isn't staying in Utah. If he cares about the money more than anything else he'll stay because that's how he'll maximize his bankroll. However, if he wants to win big playoff games, create a legacy, and become a true NBA superstar, he'll go somewhere that makes that possible. I hear the Thunder need someone to compliment with Russell Westbrook, so maybe he'd be a fit in OKC. Also, the Clippers might looking to switch things up maybe they bring in Gordon Hayward to add a completely different element to their team. Nothing is final yet, all we can do is speculate, I do believe Gordon Hayward will be somewhere other than Utah this July.
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