Jazz match Charlotte offer for Gordon Hayward

Jul 12, 2014 5:40 PM by Ross Field

AP Sports Writer

The Utah Jazz have matched Charlotte's four-year, $63 million offer for restricted free agent Gordon Hayward.

Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed Utah's move on Saturday. It was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

The Jazz had until late Sunday to match the Hornets' offer from Thursday for the 6-foot-8 small forward. The team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hayward averaged career highs of 16.2 points, 5.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals last season while leading the Jazz in scoring and minutes.

The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft, Hayward has played all four seasons in Utah. He has scored in double figures 63 times with nine double-doubles while averaging 12 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

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