Jazz believe re-signing George Hill will convince Gordan Hayward to stay

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Now that the 2017 NBA Draft has concluded, the focus has shifted to free agency which will begin July 1st. The Celtics may have given away their first overall pick, but they did not give it away for free. Why will they land there? Adding a guy that scores almost 22 points per game - along with the rumors that the Celtics are trying to add Paul George - could put them over the top. A typical team would use that as an excuse to regroup, tank for a year or two and rebuild the team around Rudy Gobert after adding some highly-valued cheaper assets.

"Every fiber of our collective being and soul of the Utah Jazz want him back", General Manager Dennis Lindsey said. They do not tank. Think about that. He not only got to play for Jerry Sloan for a year, but he's had three years with Quin Snyder, arguably Jerry Sloan's only replacement. Ainge won his National Basketball Association title by acquiring Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, and then he traded Paul Pierce and Garnett when they still had value. Second, Gordon Hayward was molded to compete in the Western Conference. That has a ton of value. "I don't know how many more non-playoff years I can take or I want to take". He played in only 49 games previous year and 43 in 2014-15. And neither does Griffin's injury history. Would you be happy with 250? 200? As a man who appreciates good Jazz basketball - and loves the direction of our young, talented team - this can not stand. Not to mention it's been a revolving door for point guards next to Hayward, so now he may have a reliable guy next to him in Ricky Rubio.

Simmons is my top candidate in free agency to get way overpaid based on his minimal production through two years of his career, but there's no denying his athleticism at the 2 or 3, as well as his lockdown perimeter defense. He wouldn't have done so without some expectation that a better offer would exist for him on the market. They finished first in the Eastern Conference, they drafted their pick of choice in Jayson Tatum, and they have a plethora of future first round draft picks.

In all likelihood, he'll be getting a four-year max deal from either new team, or a five-year max deal should he re-sign with the Jazz.




If it's the latter, we don't even have to guess on who it is.

There's also veterans like Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol, who will nearly certainly be free in name only: Nowitzki isn't leaving Dallas, and Gasol isn't leaving San Antonio.

The Boston Celtics can go in any direction. Because the Jazz is his current team, it is the one that can offer him the most lucrative deal.

Does re-signing Hill make sense for the Jazz?

The Jazz have to be competitive.

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