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In an ongoing series, Elevator Doors talks about a different NBA player with a visiting alien from outer space, Rumali Rovnitov.
Rumali Rovnitov: Explain the human player Gordon Hayward and why he is in the news.
Elevator Doors: Well, Hayward is a 6-foot-8 Small Forward who currently plays for the Utah Jazz. Hayward is a good scorer who can go inside and outside. He has languished on a really awful team in Utah and he was just offered a max deal contract to join the Charlotte Hornets for 4-years and $63 million dollars.
RR: That is a lot of human dollars.
ED: It is, the thing is, Hayward is a restricted free agent, meaning the Jazz have a right to match the offer that the Hornets just gave him. So he could move, or he could stay.
RR: Why do they want to offer him that many human dollars?
ED:Charlotte could use the scoring and at age 24, and on a decent team, Hayward could rise quickly to be a great player.
RR: Will he do something to not earn those human dollars?
ED: It’s doubtful that he is a fluke, but the Hornets have probably over paid on this offer. Hayward will not be a star on his own, he’ll need a lot of set pieces to break through to go far in the playoffs. Giving him a max deal seems to hamper the Hornets, although they had a pretty good core before losing Josh McRoberts in Free Agency.
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RR: Do YOU think he is worth that many dollars?
ED: Maybe? His points-per-game has risen every year while his FG% has dropped, so he is making better and smarter shots. He started 77 games last year for the Jazz, also his career high, and even on a bad team, he’s become a better player. The risk is he could be one of those classic Good-Stats-On-A-Bad-Team guy. But even though the Hornets are not perennial contenders, they had a good season last year and was a tough competitor against the Heat. He seems like a likable enough guy, so he will probably be easy to mesh with another locker room.
Would you go watch him play?
RR: The gravitational limitations of your planet make this game slightly interesting. However his game does sound it could lead to stat-padding. Does he have anything interesting to his appearance? A visable vestigal limb perhaps?
ED: Uh, no.
RR: Then no, I have no interest.