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Rumor: Jazz working on extension for Gordon Hayward

By Royce Young | NBA writer

What kind of price tag will Hayward possibly get? (USATSI)
What kind of price tag will Gordon Hayward possibly get from the Utah Jazz? (USATSI)

The Utah Jazz are reportedly set to pay up with an extension for Derrick Favors. But he's not the only player they're shelling out for.

According to ESPN.com, the Jazz are working on an extension for Gordon Hayward, and it's said to be even worth more than Favors' four-year, $49 million deal.

The deadline for extensions for players coming off rookie scale deals is Oct. 31. If a deal isn't in place, they will enter restricted free agency next summer.

The Jazz are likely anticipating a breakout season for Hayward, a player they selected ninth overall in 2010. Hayward, 23, has steadily improved season by season, putting up respectable numbers in 2012-13, while improving quite a bit as a defender.

With Utah entering in a bit of a rebuilding mode, Hayward is set to take on more offensive responsibility and could improve on his 14.1 points he averaged last season. That happens, and with the hunger throughout the league for stars, Hayward could find himself getting a lucrative offer sheet in restricted free agency. So the Jazz are trying to get out in front of it. It's kind of a gamble because Hayward could have a mediocre season and you don't know how he's set to respond, but he's performed well in preseason and appears ready.

The Jazz are really banking on Favors and Hayward being key parts of their future, because they're set to commit a solid portion of their cap to both. It's a gamble, but probably a necessary one. Because once you get talent, you really can't just let them walk away.

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