Gordon Hayward declines option, opts for free agency

Posted July 03, 2017

He still has tons of assets and who knows, maybe they can all be unloaded for another superstar who becomes available in the future. It could happen. It's just not what you build a free-agent blueprint around. But is he at the level where George sees Hayward's presence in Boston as a deal breaker to signing an extension with the Celtics? But no blame should be put on Ainge. Both teams are alluring free agent destinations, with good coaching and smart front offices. Think about that. He not only got to play for Jerry Sloan for a year, but he's had three years with Quin Snyder, arguably Jerry Sloan's only replacement. He's now the most coveted free agent on the market. Hayward was photoshopped into a Heat jersey. Although the Celtics have a history with the Wizards, Porter can still have interest in playing for a team that will help him succeed.

Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors defends against Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 2, 2017 in Oakland, California.

Most likely, Hayward will listen to what the Jazz has to say and spend a couple of days mulling over the options that all three teams present to him.

A GIF of Hayward, an IN native and admitted Indianapolis Colts fan, saying he, "Can't stand Tom Brady" circulated on social media this week, so it's safe to say the Celtics won't be reaching out for Brady's help this time around. That was the goal for Utah, coming into this weekend. One name that sticks out is Grizzlies power forward JaMychal Green, who is a power forward with range (37.9 percent from 3-point range) and has the muscle to rebound (7.1 per game) among the trees in the post. The Jazz, as the incumbent team, are expected to offer Hayward a five-year max contract. That would bring him to 10 years in the National Basketball Association and make him eligible for the top-level maximum contract.

"We intend to enter into a Player Contract with Stephen once the Moratorium Period ends", Myers said.

It was among the first moves the champions made in what figures to be a busy summer.

Can they hope Boston does the same?

The Boston Celtics are pursuing multiple players aggressively this summer to add to their roster.

In terms of free-agent pyrotechnics, July 2018 is now not available to them.