For a few minutes over night, former Brownsburg/Butler star Gordon Hayward attracted the NBA free agency spotlight after agreeing to a four-year, $63 million offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets. The Utah Jazz can match the offer and all reports indicate they intend to do so which means, Hayward is cashing in one way or the other.
Hayward's story slid into the background on Wednesday morning when the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Jarrett Jack or more precisely, Jarrett Jack's $6.3 million per year contract in a three-team, multi-player trade which officially carved out enough cap space for a max contract offer for some not-so-small forward who played in Miami last year.
With the Cavs loaded up for their big swing with LeBron, some sort of resolution to the biggest free agent question this summer should be in the works soon. Then the Pacers can get back to figuring out their future roster as all of the Plan B's and C's for teams left without LeBron but with cap space will start falling into place. Lance Stephenson, I'm talking to you.
Lots of mixed reaction to Hayward's big deal. Also, the Pacers tip off against the Thunder in Summer League action later this afternoon.
Check out the links:
Gordon Hayward agrees to $63 million offer sheet with Hornets, but Jazz expected to match - SBNation.com
Inside the NBA: Observer first: Hayward to sign offer sheet with Charlotte Hornets
Murphy all that’s missing from Heat’s new Big Three
Sources: Cavs create cap room to try to sign LeBron James with three-team trade - Yahoo Sports
Gordon Hayward's new contract may not be the worst thing (even if it totally will be) | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports
Charlotte Hornets Gamble on Gordon Hayward - HP
Hornets need Cody Zeller to emerge with Josh McRoberts gone | CharlotteObserver.com
Clearing cap space for LeBron James is very risky - SBNation.com
Carmelo Anthony is waiting on LeBron James to make his decision - SBNation.com
Chris Bosh doesn't seem worried about Free Agency - Hot Hot Hoops
Heat's free-agent frenzy included offer to Lance Stephenson - SBNation.com
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