The Miami Heat have been in the running for small forward Gordon Hayward since National Basketball Association free agency began, and while they were once considered the favorites to sign Hayward, that seems to be changing.
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said all indications are that All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas will not require surgery on the injured hip that ended Thomas' season in the Eastern Conference finals. But really, with all these conflicting reports, a Hayward Decision would be quite helpful right about now. Sources close to ESPN have been stating that Hayward is heading to the Boston Celtics, and that nothing will keep that from happening.
The Heat could make the same argument, but the Celtics finished the regular season as the top seed, Miami was a.500 team.
If it IS indeed a done deal, after the third seasonl, Hayward would have 10 years in the league and thus qualify for a max contract that's worth as much as 35 percent of the salary cap.
However, ESPN maintains that Hayward plans to sign with the Celtics.
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Present in the meeting that lasted more than three hours were Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey, team president Steve Starks, coach Quin Snyder, ownership trustee Gail Miller along with Utah players Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles.
Hayward visited with the Miami Heat on Saturday. This is the second straight year Boston has acquired a coveted free agent.
Hayward was a member of the Butler Bulldogs' team that magically defied the odds and made it all the way to the NCAA National Championship game in 2010.
For what it's worth, the Jazz made a a "very strong impression" during their meeting with Hayward. If Hayward would have re-signed with the Jazz, he would have been eligible for a 5-year, $172.4 million.
With Hayward now committed, the Celtics picked up an All-Star who ranked as one of the NBA's most efficient high-volume scorers last season.