As I look out on my topics feed today there's been a lot of talk about bringing in guys like Avery, Vucevic, Noel which IMO points us back to our old direction. Well I think there's a guy out there that can be had for cheap, has some of the same traits as Hayward, and won't compromise the future once Gordon's ready to get back: Will Barton.
6'6 scoring, slashing, swingman with long arms and a capable passing instinct, Will Barton has carved out a nice career for himself despite being drafted 40th overall by Portland. Barton is in the final year of his contract on a team loaded with depth at his position and having declined Nuggets extension offers so that he can become unrestricted in 2018. If Denver decides he's no longer in their long term plans we could be a great situation for him to showcase himself to potential suitors next year.
Assuming we get the injured player exemption I believe we could give up a small asset and absorb him into our cap. Love how the youth movement has looked so far but still think we could use another proven veteran scorer and don't think there'd be a much better option than Will Barton.