Upstill: If Gordon Hayward leaves, what’s next?

Imagine it’s the beginning of July 2017 and free agent Gordon Hayward has met with Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and the rest of the Boston Celtics brass. He has also met with Pat Riley of the Miami Heat, listened to his hometown Indiana Pacers and been pitched by the Utah Jazz.

After the meetings, Hayward informs the Jazz he is leaving Utah. What’s next for Dennis Lindsey’s team?

The first decision is probably already made for them. George Hill, who is also a free agent, may not have much interest in returning to the Beehive State if his Indiana buddy leaves. Then the Jazz will have just lost two of their top four players.

If Hill is interested in returning without Hayward, should Lindsey bring him back? Possibly, if they can find a replacement for Hayward. Looking at the free agent class, the Jazz could go out and sign someone like Danilo Gallinari or J.J. Redick to replace Hayward, but these moves would only be Band-Aids and wouldn’t get the Jazz very far in the playoffs. They may look to take a couple steps back instead.

If that’s the plan, they could keep Derrick Favors and hope he is the player he was two …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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