Hayward to Cleveland? Utah's Exum, Hood Immediate Fantasy Stars

By CalvinChu
Jul. 03, 2014

With the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly offering a max contract of 5 years for Gordon Hayward (reportedly $14.5 million for this upcoming season alone), it is entirely possible that the Jazz will not resign him, or otherwise perform a sign and trade with the Cavs to acquire some more talent in their rebuilding. With Trey Burke, Dante Exum, Alec Burks, and newly drafted Rodney Hood, the Jazz don't really need Hayward as much as it seemed.

With that in mind, both Exum and Hood could become elite fantasy options.

Exum brings scoring and passing as a combo guard, and with size, he could contribute at an above average clip for steals, blocks, rebounds, etc.

Meanwhile, Hood could factor as a SG/SF and maybe (reportedly) even a stretch four in certain cases when the team wants to play a small-ball lineup. He'll contribute a good amount of three's and is an efficient scorer. With a high amount of threes from a SF position, Hood could become a valuable fantasy option as well.