The Jazz have actually obtained a pretty nice roster for themselves heading into the 2016-17 season. They have a solid core of young emerging guards like Alec Burks, Rodney Hood, and Shelvin Mack, they still have one of the West’s best frontcourts with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert, and now they’ve added some veterans with playoff experience to the mix like Joe Johnson, George Hill, and Boris Diaw.
The straw that stirs the drink for the Jazz though is Gordon Hayward, who averaged nearly 20 points per game last season for a team that just missed out on the eight seed in the Western Conference. Considering the fact that the Jazz have a solid chance of being in that next crop of teams behind Golden State, San Antonio, and the Clippers, one would think the idea of trading the team’s best player now would be crazy on the surface.
However, there is just one problem. Hayward has a player option next season, and he is expected to opt-out, which would make him one of the most attractive free agents on the market. If the Jazz really don’t think they can resign him, they may be better off dumping him this year to get something in return, even if it means sacrificing their playoff chances.