For the second-consecutive summer, the Boston Celtics have landed a marquee free agent, this time in small forward Gordon Hayward.
Hayward, the former No. 9 overall selection, visited the Miami Heat, Celtics and Utah Jazz before making his free agency decision.
According to other reports, Hayward has actually NOT made his decision:
Hayward, who is coming off an All-Star year for the Jazz and made it to the second round of the NBA playoffs shakes up the power in the Eastern Conference by adding a legitimate offensive weapon to a Celtics team lacking one in last year’s playoffs if he is to sign. The Cleveland Cavaliers are still certainly the team to beat, but Boston’s addition makes things a bit more interesting heading into 2017-18.
The Jazz traded for point guard Ricky Rubio, but the move was possibly not enough to keep Hayward from rejoining his college coach, Brad Stevens in Boston.
He averaged a career-best 21 points and five rebounds per game.