The Utah Jazz, with less than a week to go before the NBA deadline, are still contemplating Gordon Hayward’s contract extension.
The team has already struck a deal with big man Derrick Favors and have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 31 to come to terms on an extension with the shooting guard or see the player widely regarded in Utah as the next face of the franchise become a restricted free agent in July.
According to what YouWager experts have learned, Hayward remains likely to land an extension before the deadline, with negotiations expected to pick up in pace this coming weekend after the team returns from a weeklong road trip in Southern California.
Five players from the 2010 NBA draft have received extensions since July 1. Washington Wizards’ John Wall and Indiana Pacers’ Paul George landed five-year max extensions that are expected to exceed $80 million.
Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins received a four-year max extension worth in excess of $60 million. And Milwaukee Bucks’ Larry Sanders, similar to Favors’ range, scored a four-year deal worth $44 million.
The knowledge that any player eligible for an extension in October can become a restricted free agent in July only if passed over — giving the incumbent team every chance to match whatever the open market brings — has helped drop the average number of extensions every time this month comes around to six for the past five draft classes starting with 2005.
Eight members of the 2009 NBA draft’s first-rounders scored extensions before last season’s Halloween deadline: Blake Griffin, James Harden, Ty Lawson, Jrue Holiday, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson and Serge Ibaka, who was actually drafted in 2008 but gets lumped in with the 2009 class because he didn’t have a league contract until the 2009-10 season.