Not only are the Cleveland Cavaliers extremely interested in restricted free agent Gordon Hayward, it appears they could be gearing towards offering the swingman a maximum contract.
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Hayward is in Cleveland on Wednesday and that an offer sheet could be forthcoming. ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst followed up this report with additional news of the Cavs potentially offering Hayward a maximum offer sheet which would be roughly $14 million per year for at least three seasons. The Portland Trailblazers famously signed Roy Hibbert to a max four-year, $58 million offer in 2013 before it was matched by the Indiana Pacers.
Despite his efficiency being down due to a lack of help, Hayward averaged a solid 16.2 points, 1.1 threes, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals last season. The Suns have also been eager to give him an offer sheet, and the Celtics had expressed interest before agreeing to terms with Avery Bradley. The Jazz, however, have vowed to match offers for their 24-year-old restricted free agent.