There are multiple reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers are meeting with Utah UFA Gordon Hayward and preparing to make a hefty offer.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst says its a max offer:
Cavs believed to be preparing a max offer sheet for restricted free agent Gordon Hayward, sources said. Yahoo reported he is visiting today
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 2, 2014
What’s the max for Hayward, you ask?
If Cavs make max offer to Gordon Hayward, it would be a four-year, $63m deal starting at $14.8m. He made $3.5m last season.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 2, 2014
Holy crap. That type of money makes Jeff Green look like a bargain.
Green and Hayward have similar stats (except for the fact that Green has plateaued and Hayward is on the rise).
If Green has a kick-ass season, he might be tempted to opt-out of the final year of his deal and seek a raise in free agency.
Least favorite, I would say, like, especially since I’ve been in the league, probably Cleveland. Cleveland to me is like Gotham City. It’s, like, so dreary, and just, I don’t know, and then ever since LeBron [James] left, I mean, the fans, they’re starting to pick up a little bit more, but I remember my rookie year, there was hardly anybody there.
Ouch. He might have 63 million reasons to change his mind.