Report: Gordon Hayward will meet with Celtics last
The Celtics and Gordon Hayward have set a date.
Just a day away from the start of the free agency courting process, the Celtics are one of three teams that have secured a meeting with the Jazz sharpshooter, according to ESPN. Per the report, Hayward’s currently slated to begin his weekend in Miami to meet with Pat Riley and the Heat before heading back to Utah for another meeting with the only NBA team he’s ever known, and with the C’s projected to meet with him after that.
Hayward coming to Boston third probably means as much as him going to Miami first, in the sense that it means nothing. But the fact of the matter is that Celtics president Danny Ainge’s pitch to Hayward will come after both the Heat and Jazz have their say.
It will likely also come with the Celtics pulling some tricks out of their hat (read as: potential teammates or even other Boston athletes if their schedules permit them to do so) joining the meeting to tell Hayward about what a move to Boston would do for him.
There’s also the prior relationship between Hayward and current Celtics coach Brad Stevens, which has been overblown to hell for years now, dating back to the duo’s time together at Butler University, but something to consider in their meeting with him.
But even if the Celtics are able to pull Tom Brady out of China for this meeting and even if Stevens has known Hayward since he was a teenager, there’s one thing that the Celtics nor Heat can do with the 27-year-old, and that’s offer as much money as a max-deal with the Jazz. With all three teams expected to offer Hayward max money, the most the Celtics and Heat can offer is about $132 million over a four-year deal while Utah can come at him with a five-year, $180 million contract.
One half of the Celtics’ plans to build a new superteam this summer and a seven-year NBA veteran, Hayward made his first All-Star Game appearance this past season, averaging a career-best 21.9 points per game for the Jazz while establishing career-highs in field goals made per game (7.5) and shooting from the floor at the best mark of his career to date (47.1 percent).
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Source: GreenStreet Blog