Hayward is expected to make his decision in the coming days.
That's Boston's plan, anyway, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. In fact, if top free agent target Gordon Hayward ends up passing on the Celtics this week, Ainge may even be better off trying to use his excess salary cap space to acquire a big name via trade, rather than overpaying a second tier free agent. Paul George and Hayward in Celtics will give a huge boost to the team especially when they are always on the run for championships. Remember, after his 4th season with the team, Hayward signed an offer sheet with the Charlotte Bobcats, which the Jazz matched. For George, it will be different for Boston.
Whiteside, who was among five Heat players who greeted and met with Hayward Saturday in Miami, started his social media work with the Snapchat video shortly after team president Pat Riley and the team's front office and coaching staff had made a strong sales pitch to Hayward.
Later Sunday, after a glitch in his first agreement with the Houston Rockets - put simply, he wasn't eligible for the sort of contract the sides initially agreed upon - Nene got a revised one done, agreeing to a three-year deal worth about $11 million. Sure, the starting lineup of George Hill, Rodney Hood, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, and Rudy Gobert only played in a handful of games together, but they handily won the majority of those games. It shows the player they care. Hayward is Boston's best chance of getting to the NBA Finals and getting past the dominant Cleveland Cavaliers. If Hayward were to bring one championship to the Utah Jazz, it would solidify his legacy as one of the greatest Jazz players ever. Every year that Hayward has been a member of the Jazz he has improved.
Cleveland was anxious that the Celtics might add George a few months ago.
The Celtics met with the free agent forward Sunday in Boston underneath sun-soaked skies in what was a ideal New England summer day. "I think he's a good quarterback". The team believes that he might be the missing piece that can help them upset a Warriors team that was just about unbeatable in the playoffs. However, he has more free agency meetings and the situation could change very soon. After an opening flurry that saw Stephen Curry get a $201 million deal from the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors and Blake Griffin take about $175 million to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers, most teams started to look at names more within their price range. According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, Miami is "in the driver's seat" for him.