Salt Lake City, UT, United States (4E Sports) – The Utah Jazz are still negotiating a contract extension to lock up forward Gordon Hayward with less than a week to go before deadline.
Sans a contract extension, Hayward becomes a restricted free agent in July.
The 2010′s ninth overall pick is widely regarded as the next face of the franchise.
He is expected to get more than the four-year $47.7 million deal recently struck by Jazz big man Derrick Favors, the third overall pick in 2010 .
Hayward would attract even more lucrative offer sheets in free agency due to his size, versatility and shooting ability.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers is one of those who has high regard for Hayward.
“I have a man crush on that guy. He’s really good,” said Rivers about Hayward.
Five players from the 2010 draft have received extensions, with Wizard’s John Wall and Pacers’ Paul George landed five-year max deals expected to exceed $80 million. The Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins received a four-year max extension worth in excess of $60 million, whie the Bucks’ Larry Sanders closed a four-year deal for $44 million.
Other 2010 draftees besides Hayward who remain alive for deals before next Thursday’s deadline include Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, Memphis Grizzlies forward Ed Davis and Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley.