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As the NBA draft grows closer we are almost at the 24-hour mark rumors get spread around the league, as teams try and jockey, make trades and make roster alterations.
On Wednesday morning, that rumor mill hit Utah, as a hoopscritic.com writer reported that Jazz star small forward Gordon Hayward was unhappy, had asked for a trade, and that the Jazz are complying with the request.
As the Salt Lake Tribune has been reporting since May, Hayward has not been put on the trade market. When contacted, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey told the Tribune that Hayward isn't unhappy with the Jazz, the Jazz aren't unhappy with Hayward and Hayward won't be dealt.
"Any speculation that Gordon or the Jazz have expressed 'unhappiness' with each other has not happened," Lindsey told The Tribune. "In fact, the relationship has grown deeper every year. Gordon, Robyn, Bernie and their relatives are considered core to the Utah Jazz family."
Hayward has built a house in Utah, and has been working out at the Jazz facility in the offseason. Sources say he's focused on trying to make the Olympic team.
The Jazz have the No. 12 pick in Thursday's draft. Sirius XM NBA radio host and hoopscritic.com writer Brian Geiltzeiler put out the original report on Wednesday morning. "Hayward has expressed his unhappiness in Utah and the Jazz are attempting to accommodate him, per league sources," was what Geiltzeiler tweeted.