12 things to know about the Gordon Hayward deal

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comJuly 9, 2014 

Timberwolves Jazz Basketball

Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward (20) drives to the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, of Spain, looks on.


Gordon Hayward, the gifted small forward from the Utah Jazz, wants to be a Charlotte Hornet.

The Observer learned first late Monday that Hayward will sign an offer sheet with the Hornets Thursday, once the NBA moratorium ends. Hayward is expected to sign a maximum deal, which would guarantee him $63 million over four years.

The Jazz would have three days to match the Hornets’ offer, under NBA rules.

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