The Utah Jazz with less than a week to go before the league deadline remain in talks with swingman Gordon Hayward on a contract extension according to sources close to the process. The Jazz already have struck a deal with big man Derrick Favors and have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Halloween to come to terms on an extension with Hayward or see the player widely regarded in Utah as the next face of the franchise become a restricted free agent in July. Sources told ESPN.com that Hayward remains likely to land an extension before the deadline with negotiations expected to pick up in pace this weekend after the team returns from a weeklong road trip in Southern California. Official numbers on Favors' extension obtained by ESPN.com show that 2010's No. 3 overall pick received a four-year deal that guarantees just more than $47.7 million. Sources indicate Hayward's deal could still wind up worth more than Favors' contract given the strong interest leaguewide in the former Butler star and the fears in Utah that Hayward would attract even more lucrative offer sheets in free agency from rival bidders next summer if he gets that far. In the latest example of the reverence opposing teams have for the size versatility and shooting ability Hayward possesses Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday of 2010's ninth overall pick: "I have a man crush on that guy. He's really good." Five players from the 2010 draft have received extensions since July 1. Washington's John Wall and Indiana's Paul George landed five-year max extensions that are expected to exceed $80 million. Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins received a four-year max extension worth in excess of $60 million. And Milwaukee's Larry Sanders similar to Favors' range scored a four-year deal worth $44 million.
Report: Hayward, Jazz working on extension
ESPN | Oct 25