By Josh Dhani

Many thought Butler legend Gordon Hayward would turn out as a bust on the NBA level, especially after being drafted pretty high at ninth overall by the Utah Jazz in 2010 NBA Draft.

In his first NBA season, Hayward wasn't very impressive or something to be in awe over. However, since then, the 23-year-old has developed into a solid forward, producing 14 points per game along with averages of three assists and three rebounds last season.

Hayward is currently eligible to get a contract extension now as he enters the final season of his current rookie deal. The 6-foot-8, 210-pounder have reportedly been in discussions of a new deal throughout this summer. However, according to the Indianapolis Star, if no deal is able to be reached, Hayward will end up becoming a restricted free agent next offseason.

“It’s crazy that this is already going to be my fourth year and we’re already talking about that,” Hayward said. “But I’m definitely happy in Utah and love playing there and would love to continue my career there.”

Hayward has averaged 10.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game so far in his three-year career.

Utah definitely will have enough cap space to afford Hayward, especially if he ends up having a major breakout year this upcoming season. If that does in fact happen, maybe Utah would want to try to save a couple millions in their pockets and get a contract extension going and finished before the season begins.

We'll see what the Jazz plan to do moving forward, but it looks pretty clear that Gordon Hayward will be apart of their future plans. 


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