Extension Candidate: Gordon Hayward

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Extension Candidate: Gordon Hayward
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Over the weekend, I examined the chances that the Jazz and Derrick Favors would reach agreement on an extension. Teammate Gordon Hayward is eligible for one, too, and he may be just as valuable a part of Utah's future. He's certainly played a more prominent role in the team's recent past, showing steady progress and averaging 29.8 minutes per game the past two seasons. He, unlike Favors, has been a full-time starter for the team, but Hayward spent most of last season as a reserve, rejoining the starting lineup for the final month of the season. It seems certain that he'll start for this season's stripped-down Jazz team, but Utah's front office has to determine whether he's likely to continue to do so when there's more talent on the roster...

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