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NBA notebook: Source says Hornets to sign Hayward to offer sheet

Beacon Journal wire services The Charlotte Hornets are going all out to sign restricted free agent Gordon Hayward. The Hornets have agreed on a maximum offer sheet with Hayward that would pay the small forward $63 million over the next four years, a person close to the situation told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The Utah Jazz would have three days to match the deal once Hayward officially signs. The person commented to the AP on condition of anonymity because Hayward can’t officially sign the offer sheet until today, when the league lifts its moratorium on signing free agents. The Charlotte Observer was the first to report the news. Hayward, who visited with the Hornets this week, averaged 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game last season for Utah. Hayward has spent all four seasons in the NBA with the Jazz. The person also said the Hornets have spoken to representatives for free agents Marvin Williams and Brian Roberts and will meet with them later this week. Williams would give the Hornets another option at forward, and Roberts would fill the backup point guard spot behind Kemba Walker. It’s unclear at this point if the Jazz would match the offer to keep Hayward or consider a sign-and-trade with Charlotte.

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