Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 3/25/15

The Utah Jazz have built a very talented roster with a lot of younger players making up the core, but they are facing an offseason of uncertainty regarding one of their best players. Gordon Hayward is currently facing free agency that opens up on July 1st, but he is expected to end up returning to the Jazz. According to a report from Jody Genessy, the Jazz are planning to match any offer that another team gives to Hayward. Jazz are prepared to match any offers to restricted free agent Gordon Hayward, per sources. Phoenix, Boston and Charlotte all interested. — Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) June 29, 2014 This news doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, especially with the Jazz viewing Hayward as a long-term piece. He has the potential to be a “star” in a few years, but he has a lot of work to do before he reaches that level. His offensive game is extremely gifted and he has the ability to score from the inside or outside. There are some areas that he could still improve on, especially on the defensive end of the floor, but he is a hard worker and he will continue to improve each season. Hayward played in and started 77 regular season games last season with the Jazz, averaging 16.2 points, 5.2 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game. His three-point percentage dipped down to 30.5%, but he still has the ability to shoot the ball at a high level. 

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