Utah Jazz match Charlotte Hornets' Gordon Hayward offer

Utah Jazz' Gordon Hayward in action against Charlotte Bobcats on January 9, 2013
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Utah Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward is staying with the team after his agent confirms that they matched an offer from the Charlotte Hornets.

Gordon Hayward's agent has confirmed that he will be remaining with the Utah Jazz after they matched an offer from the Charlotte Hornets.

It was reported that the swingman had signed a four-year offer sheet from the Hornets worth $63m (£36.8m) earlier this week, which the Jazz had three days to match.

Mark Bartelstein told ESPN: "We're extremely appreciative to Michael Jordan, Rich Cho, Steve Clifford and the Hornets for wanting Gordon and making Gordon feel like such a critical piece to the team they're building.

"That's something that's really appreciated by Gordon and myself, not just the contract but the whole presentation that they made.

"But it's always a wonderful thing when your own organisation values you so much that they'd match a contract like this. I think it makes a great statement to Gordon about how they feel about him and value him."

Hayward averaged a career-high 16.2 points per game during the 2013-14 regular season.

Utah Jazz' Gordon Hayward in action against Charlotte Bobcats on January 9, 2013
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