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Jazz match Hornets' 4-year, $63M offer sheet to Gordon Hayward

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

The Jazz have matched the offer sheet from the Hornets for Hayward. (USATSI)
The Jazz have matched the offer sheet from the Hornets for Gordon Hayward. (USATSI)

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Once the Charlotte Hornets offered up a four-year, $63 million max offer sheet to Gordon Hayward, people immediately started arguing whether or not it was too much money for him. The Utah Jazz forward is an intriguing all-around playmaker on the floor but he shot poorly from the field and 3-point line as the top option on the Jazz. That didn't stop the Hornets from making an aggressive play for the four-year wing out of Butler. Unfortunately for the Hornets, their aggressive move won't pay off for them.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms reports that the Jazz have informed the Hornets they're matching the max offer sheet to Hayward and will retain his services. He's expected to sign the contract in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

Hayward was one of the few players in the NBA to average at least 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists last season. He saw a dip in his shooting percentage from 43.5 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from 3-point range in 2012-13 to 41.3 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from downtown in 2013-14. Had the Jazz not matched, he would have been the second Jazz player to go from the Jazz to Charlotte via free agency in two years, following in Al Jefferson's path.

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