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Gordon Hayward is Reportedly Boston Celtics’ ‘No. 1 Focus’ In Free Agency
While the Boston Celtics current players are in the midst of playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, the front office is already gearing up to make a huge splash in free agency.
It has been reported that the Celtics’ “No. 1 focus” in the offseason is signing Gordon Hayward should the Utah Jazz forward become an unrestricted free agent, sources told The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
During Game four of their second round series, Jazz fans chanted ‘Gordon Hayward’ as a sign that they wanted him to stay there longterm.
Hayward can opt out of his current contract by July 1, but he may think otherwise if he happens to make an All-NBA Team this year, as he would be eligible for a designated player exception contract (only with the Jazz) in 2018. Such a contract would pay the forward upward of $210 million over five years.
Also, he has this to look at as he drives around Salt Lake City.
— Joe Martin (@joeDmarti) May 17, 2017
Hayward had a coming out party this season, as he averaged a career-high 21.9 points and 5.4 rebounds on 47.1 percent shooting.