The Celtics and unrestricted free agent Gordon Hayward will meet face-to-face this Sunday, per Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe (via Twitter). Hayward is reportedly one of Boston’s primary free agent targets this offseason. The forward is said to only be considering three teams in free agency: the Jazz, the Heat, and the Celtics.
It certainly remains to be seen just how much Utah’s reported acquisition of Ricky Rubio from the Wolves will hamper the franchise’s efforts to retain its star player. By adding Rubio, it is unclear if that signals the end of George Hill‘s tenure with the Jazz. Hayward is reported to be fond of playing alongside Hill, and the addition of Rubio may be a sign that Hill is no longer an option for the team going forward.
Hayward, 27, appeared in 73 games for the Jazz in 2016/17, notching averages of 21.9 points (a career-high), 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He shot .471/.398/.844 from the field.