Published: Wed, July 05, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

National Basketball Association free agency 2017: Gordon Hayward headed to Boston Celtics?

National Basketball Association free agency 2017: Gordon Hayward headed to Boston Celtics?

The day of reports and follow-ups comes after Hayward visited the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz over the long weekend. The Heat also have a great coach in Erik Spoelstra, who seems to value numerous same things Stevens does: relationships, selflessness, and the magic of hard work. However, that also infers that prior to the meeting, there's a chance that Hayward's preference was elsewhere...and that's scary to say the least. And I haven't even mentioned how the Eastern Conference has deteriorated into a pile of vomit, potentially setting up the Celtics for deep playoff runs well into the future.

Or Hayward can take his talents to South Beach and join forces with Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra and be the clear leader on a team that won 41 games a year ago and would seemingly take a big leap forward with him.

There had been analysts speculating that Boston might try to add both free agents Paul George and Hayward to their roster this summer. Whatever it ends up being, it's unlikely to be believed fully unless it comes directly from Hayward.

Among the Celtics who celebrated the "decision" was point guard Isaiah Thomas.

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With seven years of experience in the league, he'll bring that to a talented Celtics roster that has young developing players and other veterans.

The 27-year-old All-Star met with reps from the Heat on Saturday, the Celtics on Sunday and Utah on Monday.

The Celtics must still figure out how to clear cap space for Hayward.

Boston's big-name commitment on the free agent market is the team's second in as many years. However, with all the rumblings, LeBron could be on his way out of Cleveland.

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