Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons get offers

Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons get offers
Gordon Hayward and the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a four-year, $63-million contract with the forward. Hayward averaged 16.2 points with 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game for the Utah Jazz last season. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

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. Hayward, who averaged 15 points, five assists and five rebounds with the Jazz last season, can't officially sign the offer sheet until Thursday when the league lifts its moratorium on signing free agents.

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.

Mavericks want Parsons

Restricted free agent Chandler Parsons has agreed to an offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks. The Houston Rockets will have to decide if they will match it.

Two people with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday night that an agreement was in place. ESPN, citing sources close to the process, reported that it was a three-year offer worth more than $45 million.

Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists last season for the Rockets. In Dallas, the small forward would be in a frontcourt with Dirk Nowitzki and recently reacquired Tyson Chandler.

New Popovich deal

Coach Gregg Popovich has agreed to a multiyear extension with the San Antonio Spurs. The team did not announce the terms of the deal in a two-sentence news release.

With Tim Duncan and the rest of the key elements of a team that won the franchise's fifth NBA title all set to return next season, it was no surprise that Popovich has signed on for a few more years. He is 1,116-533 in his career, including the playoffs, and won his third coach of the year trophy this season after leading the Spurs to an NBA-best 62 wins in the regular season.

Carter-Williams recovering

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams, the rookie of the year, continues to rehab from off-season shoulder surgery.

"It's been tough," Carter Williams said of being away from the court . "Of course I wish I could be out there playing and doing what I love [in summer league], but I know it's a process and it's best for me to chill out a little bit and get healthy."

The good news, he said, is that doctors tell him he's "ahead of schedule" with his rehabilitation. He just doesn't know when that schedule will allow him to be on the court playing at full speed.