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Rock On: Gordon Hayward's 'prison break'

FILE - In this April 28, 2017, file photo, Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward arrives for Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Salt Lake City. Hayward has chosen to sign with the Boston Celtics and reuni
FILE - In this April 28, 2017, file photo, Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward arrives for Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Salt Lake City. Hayward has chosen to sign with the Boston Celtics and reunite with coach Brad Stevens, making the announcement Tuesday evening, July 4, on The Players' Tribune site. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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Gordon Hayward told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski he was frustrated why the Jazz in 2014 didn’t just offer him a maximum contract, instead of waiting to match Charlotte’s offer.

If he truly was the franchise player, Hayward reasoned, why not simply lock him up?

Maybe because the Jazz tried to do that in 2017 — offering more money than any other team — and Hayward rejected it.

Now when angry Jazz fans say “lock him up” they mean something entirely different.

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