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Old 11-01-2013, 10:41 AM   #39
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Default Re: Season of the tank!-2013-14 regular season

After failing to reach an agreement on a rookie contract extension before Thursday's 11:59 p.m. ET deadline, talented young forward Gordon Hayward will enter restricted free agency next summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Also, the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe were unable to come to an agreement on a rookie contract extension, and the young point guard will join fellow 2010 draft class members Hayward and Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe as three of the most prominent players in July's restricted free agency period. Yahoo! Sports

Utah general manager Dennis Lindsey and Hayward's agent Mark Bartelstein had been seriously trading proposals for the past week, but couldn't come to terms on an extension, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Marc Stein: Extension deadline officially passes w/no deal for Utah's Gordon Hayward. Sides were negotiating 4-year deal, sources say, but no agreement Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Marc Stein: League sources sat Hayward was NOT seeking four-year max but parties couldn't close gap even after Jazz CEO Greg Miller spoke optimistically Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Despite being in active negotiations up until the Thursday night deadline, Gordon Hayward and the Utah Jazz failed to close the gap on the framework of a contract extension and never discussed a five-year, maximum-level deal, league sources told RealGM. RealGM

The sides never came close on a deal, remaining several million dollars apart, league sources told Yahoo. Hayward had been seeking a deal in the four-year, $50-million plus range, sources said. Hayward will have significant interest on the market next summer and could command a deal in that range. Nevertheless, the Jazz can match an offer sheet and keep Hayward, which is the likely scenario. Yahoo! Sports

Bartelstein was quick to compliment the Jazz for their handling of the negotiations, and dispelled any notion that this is a sign that Hayward is looking to head elsewhere. "The main thing is that the Jazz put in a tremendous amount of time and effort into wanting to get something done, and we put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to get it done," Bartelstein said. "It was not due to a lack of trying. That's for sure. There was a lot of time and a lot of energy spent the last few months in working at it, but sometimes you just can't come up with something that both sides feel good about. That doesn't change at all at all how Gordon feels about the Jazz." USA Today Sports

"The most difficult deals to do are extensions other than the max," Bartelstein told USA TODAY Sports by phone just before the deadline passed. "When someone is offering you a max, then it's easy. Those are easy. Other than that, they're difficult because ... there's not a marketplace, so the teams sometimes have a view of wanting to get something for doing it early, and the player wants to get what he perceives his value to be, so they're hard to do." USA Today Sports

Jody Genessy: Hayward's agent: "The easiest extension to get done is a max deal. We're talking about something different. It can be difficult." Twitter @DJJazzyJody

Jody Genessy: Agent said GH still has "tremendous sense of loyalty" to Utah: "No one's upset. This doesn't change the way Gordon feels about the Jazz." Twitter @DJJazzyJody

Shams Charania: For Hayward, there will undoubtedly be transition back into complete focus on basketball. Negotiations weighed heavily on him, sources said. Twitter @ShamsCharania

Adrian Wojnarowski: Eric Bledsoe and Suns failed to reach an extension agreement, league source tells Yahoo. Bledsoe will be a restricted free agent in July. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Marc Stein: Jazz & Suns decide they prefer matching potentially rich offers to Hayward & Bledsoe in restricted free agency rather than spend big now Twitter @ESPNSteinLine
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