When the Utah Jazz decided to let Gordon Hayward test the restricted free agent market, many concluded that the end result would be a return to Salt Lake. It was also a foregone conclusion that other teams would make a strong pitch for his services.
According to a report from the Deseret News, the Phoenix Suns are prepared to make a large contract offer to Hayward once free agency opens next month.
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.
The issue with any team prepared to make an offer to the restricted free agent is that Utah will likely match any offer. Even if Phoenix decides to send a max-contract sheet over to Hayward’s agents, it likely will not end up with him in the desert.
The young small forward averaged 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game in a breakout 2013-2014 campaign. Needless to say, he’s going to be in high demand.