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It should have been expected that Hayward would struggle to assume the role of No. 1 option. Even still, his shooting numbers this season are shocking.
In his first three seasons, he shot 45.1 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from three-point range. Now in his fourth season—and first in this role—he's at 41.1 and 31.2, respectively.
Hopefully, it's just an aberration, like Arron Afflalo's 2012-13 campaign. But even if it's not, Hayward has shown he's valuable regardless of his scoring ability.
He's one of just three players in the NBA who average at least 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and 0.5 blocks per game. Kevin Durant and Carter-Williams are the other two.
The 6'8" wing has proved to be a legitimate point forward. As such, he could be a perfect complement to a top-tier scorer that Utah might acquire in the 2014 draft. Someone like Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins would benefit from Hayward's vision, passing and unselfishness.
For that reason, Utah should be willing to match just about anything under a max offer that Hayward might get in restricted free agency.
Unless otherwise noted, all stats are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com and are current as of March 18, 2014.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.