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.

RICK BOWMER — AP

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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