What's best for Gordon Hayward is to stay in Utah

What's best for Gordon Hayward is to stay in Utah

Therefore, keeping Hill to in turn retain Hayward would be an easy decision. He is also expected to meet with the Boston Celtics.

As fellow Hoops Habit columnist Frank Urbina wrote yesterday, Hayward could sign with Miami to a three-year, maximum contract.

"Andre Iguodala has become the foremost target in an attempt to weaken the Golden State Warriors' chokehold on the National Basketball Association, league sources have told ESPN", Chris Haynes of wrote.

First, some time after Saturday, Boston would sign Hayward away from the Utah Jazz as a free agent.

For salary-cap purposes, Boston wants a Hayward commitment before it can finalize a trade for George and secure the most dynamic free-agent coup in franchise history, league sources said. The Heat and Celtics are expected to offer him a four-year max contract.

In 2020, Hayward is going to be 30 years old, and eligible to opt for the deal he signed with the Jazz to pursue another deal. They moved up in the 2017 NBA Draft to select Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell, who could prove to be a long-term replacement for the departing Hayward.

The Jazz will have their chance to meet with Hayward on Monday to try to convince him to stay in Utah.

Gordon Hayward will take his first free-agent meeting with the Miami Heat on Saturday, a source told ESPN's Jorge Sedano. The 6-foot-8 Hayward, who played for Celtics head coach Brad Stevens in college, averaged 21.9 points per game last season. Also, the Celtics are reportedly angling for a situation wherein they can land both Hayward and Paul George (via trade) to potentially dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers as the best team in the Eastern Conference.

But if George agrees to an extension with the C's prior to the trade, IN would receive a boatload of assets from Boston.

But how can the fifth-best player (maybe even fourth, depending on how you view Thompson) on possibly the best team ever assembled leave right when it's on the cusp of a seemingly inevitable dynasty?