— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) July 6, 2014
Hayward, 24, is a restricted free agent, which would make it seem unlikely the Mavs would be able to land him.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were reportedly ready to offer him a max contract before backing out. The word around the league is that the Utah Jazz will match any offer for their star player. Along with the Cavs, Hayward also met with the Charlotte Hornets.
With the departures of Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, and Mo Williams, Hayward was left to become to Jazz’s number one option. While his 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists were impressive, he struggled to shoot from the field. He shot career lows of 30.4% from three and 41.3% from the field overall.
Despite signing Nowitzki and Harris to deals, the Mavs are projected to still have room to offer the max to Hayward.
Of the four small forwards, Hayward may be the toughest to lock up. Deng and Ariza could be had for the right price. Parsons’ future with the Rockets depends on the team’s ability to lock up another star. Again, the Jazz seem adamant about matching any offer for Hayward.
Hayward was the 9th pick in the 2010 draft by the Jazz. He’s averaged 12 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists during his four-year career.