Coming off a standout playoffs performance, Hayward is one of the hottest commodities of the NBA’s summer free agency class. Per the Huffington Post:
#Celtics slight favorite to land forward Gordon Hayward, per sources. Appeal is to play for a contender, as well as Brad Stevens.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 13, 2017
The Jazz will be able to offer Hayward a five-year deal worth roughly $179 million, while Boston can offer a four-year deal worth about $132 million.
Celtics players have already started the recruiting process. Both Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford followed Hayward on Instagram this week: