The Utah Jazz are currently meeting with Gordon Hayward in San Diego, his home away from Salt Lake City, and details are starting to leak.
For those reading tea leaves on Gordon Hayward, word is he told Jazz he wanted Rubio & would love to play w/ him— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 3, 2017
We know that Gordon Hayward wanted the Jazz to shore up the point guard position. There were even rumors that he wanted it to be George Hill.
As has already been talked about, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the talks with George Hill broke down after he turned down a 4 year $80 million extension with the Jazz. (Man, life comes at you fast.)
On the last day before free agency opened, the Jazz traded the Oklahoma City first round pick they received in the Enes Kanter trade for Ricky Rubio.
Customary for the Jazz, no additional details about the trade were made. Assumptions could only be made that Hayward wanted the trade.
Now, it’s becoming clear, it’s what he wanted. And I am getting pretty excited, guys.
According to Tony Jones, if Hayward signs, the Jazz aren’t done making deals.
Important note I've been told heading into meeting today: if the Jazz secure Hayward, they won't be done trying to upgrade the roster— Tony Jones (@tribjazz) July 3, 2017
It’s a good guess that in the discussions today with Hayward, they’re going to get his blessing on additional deals, much like they
already probably did on the Rubio deal.
A decision is coming soon, guys.
[Ed Note (Amar) - 4:41 PM MT UPDATE:]
The meeting is still going on, according to Salt Lake Tribune beat writer T. Jones.
The Jazz meeting with Gordon Hayward is ongoing, sources tell The Tribune— Tony Jones (@tribjazz) July 3, 2017
Hold onto our collective butts, indeed.