Gordon Hayward and Other FA Options – Salt City Hoops Podcast

July 3rd, 2014 | by Andy Larsen
On this week's Crazy Trade Idea of the Week, we look at the idea of acquiring Jeremy Lin into Utah's cap space. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

On this week’s Crazy Trade Idea of the Week, we look at the idea of acquiring Jeremy Lin into Utah’s cap space. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

On this week’s show, Andy Larsen returns from Brazil and joins Ben Dowsett to start talking free agency. With rumors that Gordon Hayward could be receiving a max deal, Ben and Andy dig into the topic of A) is Hayward worth the max? and B) even if it’s an overpay, should the Jazz sign him anyway? We explore some of the possibilities besides Hayward at the wing position.


Then, we talk to Jacob Rosen, of WaitForNextYear and SportsAnalyticsBlog. He tells us about the Cleveland perspective of things, and so we discuss whether Hayward makes sense for the Cavs, and whether a Favors + #5 for the #1 pick was ever actually in discussions. We also talk CJ Miles and David Blatt.

Finally, we sign off with another Crazy Trade Idea of the Week. Should the Jazz acquire Jeremy Lin for free? Especially if it comes with a good prospect?

Andy Larsen

Andy Larsen

Andy Larsen is the Managing Editor of Salt City Hoops, the ESPN TrueHoop affiliate for the Utah Jazz. He also hosts a radio show and podcast every week on ESPN700 AM in Salt Lake City.
Andy Larsen


  1. Scott says:

    Just listening to yesterday’s podcast, and have to say there is NO WAY that Burks gets $10M even in this market. I love the guy and definitely think he can be a fabulous player in this league if he continues to improve his shooting. However, even IF the general market thinks he’s better than Jodie Meeks, which is debatable, he doesn’t get double what Meeks just got. My opinion is, even in this market, he wouldn’t get any more than $7-8M.

    • Mewko says:

      Yes. I think Burks will take a humble approach in his extension, and agree with the Jazz before the Halloween deadline. He will start at 7.5 million/yr, and it will increase to 9 million a year.

  2. LKA says:

    Enjoyed the podcast. Thanks for the effort. Last year I suggested the Monti (I am not even going to try and spell his name) big man o a trade. We do have quite a few asians in Utah and I think Lin could be a mentor or insurance and rotation player. First round pick would swing the deal. If this big man was coached right it might be a steel.

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