Well, if Gordon is worth Max money then he should at least be able to take this team to a top seed by his skill set. If he doesn't have the next level ability in him it would be better to try to get the Boston pick to bring in a real star to pair with Gobert.Sign Hill and Gordon is virtually 100% certain to re-sign. Let Hill dangle and Gordon may waffle. One of the two had to commit first. Hill was willing to do so.
If Utah trots out Dante/Neto as the PG duo next year, Jazz are fighting for the 8th seed. Does Hayward want that? If I were Gordon and DL had the chance to extend a good friend, ensuring the team would be fighting for a top seed, then didn't, I'd go to Boston.
Call me overly dramatic, but I DL just put at risk a franchise player. Won't be one bit surprised to see Hill in SA, Gordon in Boston and the Jazz stuck in the worst possible situation: not bad enough to get a top lottery pick and not good enough to compete.