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Gordon Hayward | Guard/Forward | #20

Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/23/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 226
College: Butler
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (9) / UTA
Contract: view contract details

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President Danny Ainge said he thinks Gordon Hayward can play some shooting guard.
Hayward was a shooting guard back in the 2013-14 season, but he's only started at shooting guard just twice in the last three regular seasons combined. Part of that is Hayward's muscle watch to bulk him up did take away some of his perimeter defense. Hayward's defensive metrics are fairly kind to him, but that may change now that he doesn't have Rudy Gobert behind him. While Hayward should be busy in Beantown, his fantasy value does take a hit as second banana to Isaiah Thomas. Jul 7 - 4:51 PM

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The Jazz are reportedly "willing to engage" with the Celtics involving a sign-and-trade for Gordon Hayward, assuming Hayward would agree to such a deal.

Boston has discussed deals involving Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and/or Marcus Smart, according to recent reports, because they need to shed salaries to clear room for Hayward's max contract. It's unclear whether this sign-and-trade scenario has any momentum, especially since Boston should have numerous suitors for their talented young wing players.
Jul 5 - 8:16 PM

Gordon Hayward announced that he will be joining the Celtics.

Hayward wrote a long piece in the Players' Tribune about his love for Utah, but part of the reason he chose the Celtics is because he had "unfinished business" with coach Brad Stevens -- he wants to win a championship together after their heart-breaking loss to Duke in the NCAA finals during their time at Butler. Hayward will be joining Boston on a four-year, $128 million maximum contract, so the Celtics might be looking to move Jae Crowder since they have two promising young forwards in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. As a first-time All-Star, Hayward averaged 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 treys in 2016-17, and he should still be an early-round option for fantasy owners next season.
Jul 4 - 7:56 PM

Gordon Hayward may not make his free agent decision until Wednesday.

"Gordon and his wife are still in the process of making a decision," said Hayward's agent Mark Bartelstein. "This is the toughest decision of Gordon's life." News hit on Tuesday afternoon that Hayward had decided to join the Celtics, but that reporting was quickly refuted by Adrian Wojnarowski and David Aldridge, and Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune has stated that neither Boston nor Utah has heard official word from Hayward. Jones also reports that Hayward has changed his mind four times in the past four days and that he was so irked when the initial report of him going to Boston was leaked, that it has caused him to "re-evaluate everything."
Jul 4 - 6:19 PM

Updating a previous report, Gordon Hayward has not yet made an official decision as to where he will sign as a free agent, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein.

And we officially have our first free agency fiasco of 2017. Chris Haynes of ESPN reported that Hayward had decided to sign with the Celtics, but then David Aldridge of TNT refuted that report, as did Adrian Wojnarowski‏ (also of ESPN) and Woj included a quote from Hayward's agent: "Gordon hasn't made a decision yet. We are still working through it." Until we see that Players' Tribune piece, nothing is official. Stay tuned.
Jul 4 - 2:47 PM

Gordon Hayward reportedly plans to sign with the Celtics.

This is the second summer in a row that Danny Ainge will be snagging an All-Star during free agency, and Hayward will now be reunited with his former college coach. The contract is reportedly a four-year deal for the max, and Hayward figures to be a primary creator in the Boston attack, so he shouldn't have much trouble flirting with early-round value in his new location. On Utah's side, they now have a huge hole to fill, and if they aren't able to bring in another free agent, Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles would figure to benefit most.
Jul 4 - 2:20 PM

ESPN's Chris Haynes is reporting that the Celtics feel "really, really good" about their chances of signing Gordon Hayward.

"I will say this: I'm hearing Boston is feeling really, really good about their chances of getting him," Haynes said on SportsCenter. After meeting with the Jazz for 3.5 hours on Monday in San Diego, Hayward is expected to announce his decision on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Until then, the Heat, Celtics, and Jazz franchises (and their fans) will have to nervously await Hayward's announcement.
Jul 4 - 11:54 AM

Gordon Hayward's final meeting with the Jazz ended on Monday night.

The meeting lasted 3.5 hours, and it won't be long before we hear reports that it "went well." There was a report that Hayward encouraged the Jazz to acquire Ricky Rubio, so it's worth noting that the PG flew in from Spain to attend the meeting. Joe Ingles, Hayward's best friend who just signed a four-year deal worth $52 million, was also in attendance. Hayward is expected to make a choice between the Jazz, Celtics and Heat on Tuesday or Wednesday, but expect a domino effect around the league with other free agents once he decides.
Jul 3 - 8:01 PM

Gordon Hayward reportedly encouraged Utah to make a move for Ricky Rubio this summer.

Utah management accomplished this goal for Hayward, and Rubio was one of those in attendance during Monday's meeting, so maybe that gives him some extra incentive to re-up with the Jazz as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Hayward will be choosing between Utah, Miami, and Boston, and he'll reportedly make an official decision by Tuesday or Wednesday. Stay tuned.
Jul 3 - 3:24 PM

Free agent Gordon Hayward is expected to choose a team "by Tuesday or Wednesday," according to beat writer Tony Jones.

Hayward met with the Heat on Saturday, the Celtics on Sunday, and he's scheduled for what is likely his final meeting on Monday with the Jazz. It's unclear if he's been swayed by the two presentations he's seen thus far, and his decision should lead to a flurry of moves -- whichever teams miss out on him will quickly act on their Plan B scenarios.
Jul 2 - 7:57 PM

Gordon Hayward will meet with Quin Snyder, Dennis Lindsey and Steve Starks in San Diego on Monday, according to sources of Jazz beat writer Jody Genessy.

Hayward met with Miami management on Saturday, and he's scheduled to meet with the Boston brass on Sunday, so Monday will likely be his last big meeting as a free agent. The Jazz are reportedly optimistic that they'll be able to retain their All-Star, but there haven't been any reports from Hayward's camp indicating what direction he's leaning towards.
Jul 2 - 2:45 PM

Gordon Hayward was greeted by Hassan Whiteside, Udonis Haslem, Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson, James Johnson, president Pat Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra, Alonzo Mourning and several coaches at the Saturday Miami meeting.

As always, it reportedly went very well, according to the Heat. The arena had a Hayward banner nearby as the Heat made their pitch for the All-Star forward. According to the Miami Herald, the Heat pitched the weather, lack of state income tax, the culture and championship pedigree. Plus, the coaches explained how the offense would be suited to Hayward's strengths, which is probably the most important part because Hayward is a basketball junkie. He'll be meeting with Boston on Sunday and Utah on Monday before making a decision.
Jul 1 - 5:24 PM

The Jazz are confident they can re-sign Gordon Hayward, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of

The Jazz will get their last chance at Hayward on Monday after he meets with the Heat on Saturday and Boston on Sunday. Woj notes that one of the Jazz assistant coaches and the Utah training staff have been working with Hayward leading up to free agency, so that gives them a leg up. Plus, Woj adds that coach Quin Snyder has built his system around Hayward. Not to mention it's been a revolving door for point guards next to Hayward, so now he may have a reliable guy next to him in Ricky Rubio. We probably won't get anything official on the All-Star until Monday or Tuesday.
Jul 1 - 1:13 AM

According to Jody Genessy of the Desert News, there is "optimism within [the] Jazz that acquiring Ricky Rubio bolsters their case to keep Gordon Hayward."

We're taking this for what it's worth and nothing more, but it is worth mention given an earlier report that Hayward's decision could hinge on what direction Utah went in at point guard. Now that the Rubio trade has been consummated, it's a certainty that George HIll will be calling a new team home for 2017-18. Will Hayward follow him out the door? The action begins Saturday at midnight ET.
Jun 30 - 8:33 PM

Jody Genessy of the Deseret News is reporting that Gordon Hayward wants Utah to re-sign George Hill and that Hayward's "decision could hinge on that."

The issue for Utah is that they would purportedly prefer to find a cheaper option at point guard, which would ideally give them the financial flexibility to bring back both Hayward and free agent swingman Joe Ingles. With just 12 hours until the start of free agency, we'll surely see plenty of additional rumors attached to Hayward's name, as he is one of the most attractive free agents on the market.
Jun 30 - 12:03 PM