The Utah Jazz aren't expected to be big players in the upcoming free agency market, which officially opens up Monday at 10 p.m. But they do have their sights set on two familiar faces. Gordon Hayward and Marvin Williams. And Hayward, who earned $11 million in his first four NBA seasons, is about to get a huge pay raise. The 6-foot-8 restricted free agent is expected to receive a significant contract offer, possibly upwards to a max deal, from the Phoenix Suns this coming week, according to sources. Boston and Charlotte are two other teams whom the Jazz anticipate could throw large offers at Hayward. However, the Jazz plan on matching any offers for Hayward and intend to keep the versatile wing player in the organization as a major cornerstone in this rebuilding era, according to sources. Utah extended a qualifying offer to Hayward last week, giving the team the right to match any offer sheets that he might receive. Jazz management has made it clear since the season ended that it intends to keep Hayward in Utah for a long time. Moments after drafting Australian point guard Dante Exum and Duke forward Rodney Hood on Thursday, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey described the likelihood of Hayward returning to be "very, very strong." Utah also hopes to re-sign the 6-foot-9 Williams, per sources. Williams played an appreciated role as a stretch-four forward last season and was considered to be a valuable asset and example in the locker room for a young Jazz team. He averaged 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in his ninth NBA season.
Utah Jazz set to match significant offers for Gordon Hayward
The Deseret News | Jun 30