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Free agent small forward Gordon Hayward will be one of the most coveted players on the market this summer after averaging 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game this past year with the Utah Jazz.
The All-Star swingman has his free agency schedule all set up. Hayward reportedly plans to meet with three teams.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Hayward will meet with the Miami Heat on Saturday (July 1) and the Jazz on Monday (July 3).
Hayward will also meet with the Boston Celtics, who are making Hayward their top priority this offseason.
Sources tell the Salt Lake Tribune that Hayward wants to take his meetings and make a decision in short order.
The Heat, Celtics and Jazz are all expected to offer Hayward a max deal.
Hayward can re-sign with the Jazz on a five-year deal worth close to $176 million. If he chooses to leave Utah, Hayward is looking at a contract that would pay him $130 million over four years.
Hayward and Celtics coach Brad Stevens, of course, have a great rapport with one another as Stevens coached Hayward when the two were at Butler University. Many executives around the league believe Hayward’s strong connection with Stevens is going to be the x-factor that sways him to sign with Boston.