ConstableGeneva wrote:If 2023 free agency is the consideration, Cs can offer Hayward $100M/4 yrs w/ 4th yr team option and if cap allows, partial guarantee on 4th year. Front-loaded contract so he gets more in 1st 3 yrs.
That's the max I'd offer. He still doesn't want that, then opt in and we'll trade you. Or opt out and we'll find an S&T partner.
I don't think you want to risk any guarantee on the 4th year, because even a small salary hit can make it a lot harder to open up max cap space. And if that partial guarantee ends up mattering you still gotta move the whole contract.
But lets say you do front load, that would mean the guaranteed money is about 80/3 which feels like an overpay Hayward but which is only a 2/46 extension over what Hayward is currently making next season. My guess is Hayward thinks he can do better than that after next season, even if you add some partial guarantees on the fourth year. There will be quite a few team with money and many who will strike out on the big time free agent. Hayward will likely be a consolation prize for those teams.
So it may come down to how much of Hayward's motives are purely financial.