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  • Hornets to sign Hayward to offer sheet

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets are going all out to sign restricted free agent Gordon Hayward.
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  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. — 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 with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
    The Utah Jazz would have three days to match the deal once Hayward officially signs.
    The Charlotte Observer was the first to report the news. Williams spent the last two seasons with Utah after six years with the Atlanta Hawks. He started 50 games last season for the Jazz and averaged 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds.
    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.
    Hayward, who visited with the Hornets this week, averaged 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals last season for Utah. Hayward has spent all four seasons in the NBA with the Jazz. He shot 41.3 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range in 77 starts.
    Hayward's offensive production has increased with each season in the league, going from 5.4 points per game as a rookie to 11.8 in 2011 and 14.1 in 2012.
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