The Utah Jazz were one of the most intriguing teams in the NBA this season. Built around a core that included young stars like Rudy Gobert and Gordon Hayward, the Jazz played stingy defense and looked like they could be a headache for some of the best teams out West for years to come, even though they were swept by Golden State in the Western Conference Semifinals.
There’s just one problem: The team could look a lot different next year. Gobert is back, as are many of the other players – guys like Derrick Favors, Joe Johnson, and Rodney Hood – who made this season possible. But two members of the starting five, Hayward and George Hill, could be gone this offseason.
Hill is an unrestricted free agent, while Hayward has the option to opt out of the final year of his deal. According to Hill, the decision that Hayward ultimately makes very well could play a role in his decision.