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Gordon Hayward picks Boston Celtics over Utah Jazz, Miami Warmth

Gordon Hayward plans to signal with the Boston Celtics, sources advised ESPN, selecting their supply over these from the Utah Jazz, his group since 2010, and the Miami Warmth.

Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, nevertheless, informed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that his shopper “hasn’t decided but. We’re nonetheless working by way of it.”

Jazz president Steven Starks tweeted that he trusts Bartelstein’s phrase that no choice has been made.

Bartelstein additionally informed the Boston Globe that though Hayward initially deliberate to announce his choice Tuesday, he was not sure if that may nonetheless be the case.

“That was the objective, however now we have got to sort of regroup right here a bit,” he informed the Globe.

In Boston, Hayward can be reunited with Brad Stevens, who additionally coached him in school at Butler.

Hayward’s choice would mark the second consecutive Fourth of July that a high-profile free agent would change groups in free company. Final yr, Kevin Durant introduced that he was leaving the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder for the Golden State Warriors.

It additionally would mark the the second straight summer time that the Celtics have efficiently recruited a coveted participant on the free-agent market. Final yr, Al Horford signed with Boston.

Boston would now want a collection of transactions to create cap area for Gordon Hayward. The Celtics must pull the qualifying supply on Kelly Olynyk, surrender free brokers Jonas Jerebko, James Younger, Gerald Inexperienced and waive the contracts of Jordan Mickey and Demetrius Jackson (or commerce). The Celtics can be left with $27.6M in room and doubtless want to maneuver the contract of Terry Rozier or Marcus Sensible. Buying and selling Rozier would have the Celtics brief $1M of a max wage quite a bit.

Bobby Marks, ESPN

A contingent from the Jazz, together with the lately acquired Ricky Rubio, met with Hayward on Monday in a 3½-hour assembly at Hayward’s San Diego house. Rubio, who was acquired as a key a part of the Jazz’s plan to re-sign Hayward, traveled from Spain for the assembly.

The All-Star swingman, who additionally met with the Warmth on Saturday and Celtics on Sunday, will command a most wage after opting out of the ultimate season of his contract.

Hayward, 27, has steadily developed right into a franchise-caliber participant because the Jazz chosen him with the ninth general decide of the 2010 draft. He has improved his scoring common annually, topping out at 21.9 factors per recreation final season, when Hayward made his first All-Star look and led 51-31 Utah to its first playoff look since 2012.

The final Utah participant to be chosen to an All-Star Recreation was Deron Williams in 2011.

Hayward additionally averaged a profession excessive in rebounds (5.four per recreation) final season, dished out three.5 assists per recreation and shot 47.1 % from the ground, his highest mark since his rookie season, when he had a restricted position.

Hayward, whose solely earlier playoff expertise consisted of a sweep by the hands of the San Antonio Spurs in a 2012 collection during which he was 6-of-33 from the ground, starred in his second look on the postseason stage. He averaged 24.1 factors, 6.1 rebounds and three.four assists within the playoffs — numbers skewed low as a result of meals poisoning restricted him to 9 ineffective minutes in Recreation four towards the Los Angeles Clippers — to assist the Jazz advance to the second spherical for the primary time since 2010.

Hayward’s eight,077 profession factors rank eighth in Jazz historical past. He has profession averages of 15.7 factors, four.2 rebounds and three.four assists per recreation.

Hayward was ranked No. 6 on the record of prime out there free brokers this offseason compiled by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton.

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.

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