Gordon Hayward will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, after the fourth-year forward and the Utah Jazz failed to agree to a contract extension before the league deadline Thursday night. The Jazz and Hayward’s camp had until midnight Eastern to reach a deal. Yahoo! Sports reported the two sides ended talks with about 30 to go before the deadline. Without an extension, Hayward becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the season. He will be able to sign an offer sheet with another team, and the Jazz will have the opportunity to match. As the deadline approached, multiple reports indicated the two parties were still far apart on a possible deal. "It wasn’t for a lack of effort" from both sides, agent Mark Bartelstein said. Hayward’s agent called it a "difficult deal" to get done and says Hayward’s feelings and loyalty toward the organization haven’t changed. The Jazz did not comment on the situation.
Utah Jazz fail to reach deal on contract extension for Gordon Hayward
Salt Lake Tribune | Nov 1