Ramona Shelburne: For those reading tea leaves on Gordon Hayward, word is he told Jazz he wanted Rubio & would love to play w/ him
Tony Jones: Important note I've been told heading into meeting today: if the Jazz secure Hayward, they won't be done trying to upgrade the roster
Adam Himmelsbach: Source says Gordon Hayward isn't locked into any timeline on deciding. Wants to get through meeting with Jazz today and then will regroup.
Gary Washburn: NBA source on #Celtics-Hayward meeting: "Felt like the communication was excellent and the case was made for Gordon being a great fit.”
Gary Washburn: Gordon Hayward meeting with #Celtics has concluded, according to a source. He now heads to San Diego to meet with the #Jazz on Monday
Owner Gail Miller and her family, general manager Dennis Lindsey, coach Quin Snyder and team president Steve Starks are among the members of the Jazz who will meet with the All-Star small forward. Their objective, of course, is to convince him to return home to Utah while visiting with him in his home away from home in Southern California.
Hey @DJJazzyJody and @tribjazz do you think the jazz will sign Hayward? If not are they gonna be any good? 😂 Tony Jones: My sources tell me he hopes to make a decision by Tuesday or Wednesday. Then, we will all know twitter.com/kedrickblack/s…
Rudy Gobert is killing it on Twitter. A day after he got NBA fans all riled up with just six emojis, the Jazz center was back on Twitter doing what he does best: Rejecting shots. Soccer superstar Antoine Griezmann, who also hails from France, tweeted out his support for Gordon Hayward signing with the Celtics.
For those of you who did not take French in high school, “Reste dans ton sport toi” translates to “Stay in your sport.” That’s what Google Translate says, at least.
Jody Genessy: Gordon Hayward will meet with Quin Snyder, Dennis Lindsey and Steve Starks in San Diego on Monday, not Utah, according to sources.
Alex Kennedy: This is part of the Celtics' pitch to Gordon Hayward. Isaiah Thomas and Brad Stevens are there. pic.twitter.com/72bsuH5TZx (via @_chrisdurbin)
The Heat plans to sit tight, and not make any significant moves, until Hayward makes a decision, which is expected a day or two after he visits Boston on Sunday and Utah on Monday. The Heat would be left with $5.7 million in cap space if it signs Hayward to a max deal, starting at $29.7 million.
The Heat made their presentation to free agent Gordon Hayward on Saturday, and center Hassan Whiteside was one of the players at the recruiting session held in Miami. But even after the Heat’s meeting with Hayward was over, Whiteside seemed to continue recruiting Hayward … and other free agents to Miami. The Heat’s center posted a series of Snapchat videos Saturday night that highlight the benefits of living in Miami.
Joe Ingles will stay with the Utah Jazz with a new four-year, $52 million contract, his agent told The Tribune on Saturday night. Ingles' return is one of two key moves the Jazz wanted to make early in free agency; the other is trying to keep Gordon Hayward, who looks to make a decision between Utah, Miami and Boston next week.
Alex Kennedy: Gordon Hayward is obviously the Miami Heat's top target, but they're expected to be in the mix for Rudy Gay too. Gay has a place in Miami.
The Heat made a strong presentation to free agent Gordon Hayward on Saturday and emerged believing it went very well. Hayward was greeted by five Heat players - Hassan Whiteside, Udonis Haslem, Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and free agent James Johnson. He also met with president Pat Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra, Alonzo Mourning and several other coaches and executives.
If Hayward eschews the Heat, the Heat likely will try to retain most of last year’s team and also could make a play for a few veterans, with Rudy Gay among those interested in Miami. But the Heat believes it left a very strong impression on Hayward, amid an earlier report by The Ringer and NBA TV that Miami is now considered the favorite by several people in the league.
Mark Murphy: Celtics will keep their meeting with Gordon Hayward relatively small tomorrow, with IT, Horford, Brad Stevens, Danny Ainge and ownership.
The Miami Heat are turning up the … heat … on their pitch to free agency’s central figure. Gordon Hayward has never worn a Heat jersey, of course, but he’s in town as Miami’s brass pitches him.
Heat forward James Johnson, who becomes a free agent early Saturday morning, said Friday that he would like to remain with the Heat and is willing to wait out a decision by Jazz free agent Gordon Hayward – Miami’s top target - even if the Heat has to put Johnson’s situation on hold for several days. “I'm a patient guy,” Johnson told me at DJ Irie’s annual golf tournament to benefit the Irie Foundation. “They can take as long as they want. My mindset is winning. I think Hayward can help us win and I'm all for it.
Scott Agness: Gordon Hayward and his wife, Robyn, are in Miami and will meet with Heat officials today. Then Boston and Utah. vigilantsports.com/2017/06/28/gor…
Jody Genessy: Gordon Hayward's schedule remains Miami (Sat), Boston (Sun) and Utah (Mon). He'll then "take a deep breath" and decide, his agent said.
Michael Gallagher: Woj on ESPN: Gordon Hayward has been engaged with the Jazz this offseason. Woj notes working with Jazz trainers, etc. Jazz are confident.
Alex Kennedy: Hassan Whiteside has been recruiting Gordon Hayward to Miami and will attend the Heat's Saturday meeting with Hayward, per league sources.
Adam Himmelsbach: According to a league source, Gordon Hayward will be in Boston for his visit with the Celtics on Sunday.
The top goal in trade remains Paul George, and it is important for the Celts to know how many players they will have to clear to make room for Hayward’s salary and if any of those people could be a part of a trade with Indiana.
Jody Genessy: Another source confirms that Gordon Hayward really wants the Utah Jazz to bring back George Hill. His decision could hinge on that. The Jazz are in a pickle because they're trying to get a cheaper veteran than George Hill so they can pay Gordon Hayward and Joe Ingles.
Utah forward Gordon Hayward is entering his free agent visits this weekend with an open mind and without a clear favorite, a source very close to the player said Thursday. “It’s still completely a tossup,” the source said of whether Hayward is likely to sign with Utah, the Heat or Boston.
Steve Bulpett: Celtics will give the qualifying offer to Olynyk. He would still likely be gone if the C's reach agreement w/Hayward. They'd need the space.
Marc Stein: League sources confirm Miami/Boston/Utah is indeed the order on visits Hayward has scheduled once free agency starts Saturday at 12:01 AM ET
Marc Stein: Reported here during the NBA Finals that the threat posed by Miami concerns Utah as much as Boston ... but the Celts have ramped it up since
Mark Murphy: Celtics still trying to set date for Gordon Hayward's free agent visit - likely either Sunday or Tuesday. He meets w/ Utah Monday, Heat Sat.
As for Hayward’s worth, Marcus Smart certainly offered a large endorsement on the first day of his youth camp at Brandeis. “He’s an awesome player,” the Celtics guard said of Hayward, who averaged 21.9 points for Utah this past season. “The dude, he understands the game very well, and, you know,” he added with a laugh, “I think it’s ’cause he had Brad (Stevens) as a coach (at Butler). “But, no, I’m kidding. No, the dude, he’s incredible. He’s a great player. He’s a great guy. I think I speak for a lot of guys in this league when I say that.”
Steve Kyler: Was also told Gordan not going to be rushed in this process and plans to take his time deciding. #Another4thOnFAWatch
Gordon Hayward will take his first free-agent meeting with the Miami Heat on Saturday, a source told ESPN's Jorge Sedano. Hayward will then be traveling Sunday to meet Utah on Monday, with Boston coming after that.
Sources previously told ESPN the Jazz regard the Heat as no less a threat to lure Hayward away than the Celtics, whose interest in the former Butler star has been anticipated for some time, largely thanks to the presence of Hayward's college coach, Brad Stevens, on Boston's bench.
A. Sherrod Blakely: The @Celtics haven't nailed a date down to meet with Gordon Hayward yet, but the C's will get to make their pitch says league source.
Gordon Hayward's free agency schedule is starting to take shape. The All-Star forward will meet with the Utah Jazz on Monday, two days after the moratorium begins, multiple sources told The Tribune on Wednesday.
Hayward has three teams on his wish list: the Jazz, Heat and Boston Celtics. League sources say Hayward wants to take his meetings, and make a decision in short order. The Heat and Celtics are expected to offer him a four-year max contract. The Jazz, as the incumbent team, are expected to offer Hayward a five-year max contract.
Mark Murphy: Celtics won't have to recruit their main target on the road this year. According to source, Hayward plans to visit each candidate city.
Albert Nahmad: Celtics don't have enough cap room to offer Hayward full max right now. They’d need to make small bit of action, but it's imminently doable.
The Celtics’ pursuit of Paul George remains essentially as described in Sunday’s Herald, with the club hoping to parlay some of its assets into a trade for the Indiana All-Star while hoping to first reach agreement with free agent Gordon Hayward to make it all fit under the salary cap.
According to multiple sources, the Celts are willing to deal players and draft picks to the Pacers, while retaining the right to the most critical pieces of their future draft arsenal. George can be a free agent at the end of the 2017-18 season, and with Indiana having given no permission to explore whether he’d be amenable to staying beyond that, there is clearly risk involved that would have to be reflected in any trade offer.
Brian Windhorst: With seven years' experience, Hayward's best bet could be to seek out a three-year contract so he could become a free agent again when he's got 10 years in and he can get the largest contract possible. Or, more likely, he could look for a four-year deal with an opt-out after three years. Over the next three seasons, the difference between Hayward signing in Utah and, say, Boston is less than $3 million. Gulp. This is why the Jazz are a little skittish.
The Boston Celtics are pursuing an aggressive summer plan of sequencing the signing of free agent Gordon Hayward and relinquishing the assets needed to complete a trade for Paul George, league sources told The Vertical. For salary-cap purposes, Boston wants a Hayward commitment before it can finalize a trade for George and secure the most dynamic free-agent coup in franchise history, league sources said.
For Boston, here’s the hitch: While Indiana believes Boston can offer the best possible package, the Pacers may be unwilling to wait until the start of July free agency on Boston’s timetable and could turn toward making a deal elsewhere for George, league sources told The Vertical.
News dropped in the @tribjazz podcast: Gordon Hayward is torn on if he should stay in Utah or leave in free agency
They have their eyes on Jazz free agent swingman Gordon Hayward and their trade of the first pick cleared enough cap savings to offer Hayward a max contract this July, as they’ll likely compete with the Jazz and Miami Heat as top suitors.
The Jazz certainly have a strong case to re-sign Hayward, thanks largely to the five-year pact worth an estimated $180 million that only they can offer as well as Utah's on-the-rise status in the Western Conference. But sources told ESPN.com that the Jazz regard the Heat as no less a threat to lure Hayward away than the Celtics, whose interest in the former Butler star has been anticipated for some time largely thanks to the presence of Hayward's college coach, Brad Stevens, on Boston's bench.
Miami is loading up now to pursue Gordon Hayward, according to league sources. "We are used to long odds," Morey added. "If Golden State makes the odds longer, we might up our risk profile and get even more aggressive. We have something up our sleeve."
“Teams will not take the Cavs into consideration the way they will the Warriors as their sustainability is contingent upon 1 player,” a Western Conference executive texted Sunday. “If Boston drafts well at #1 and is able to add (Utah Jazz free agent Gordon) Hayward they might even be favored next season. As to the Warriors I believe you need to continue to build your roster but with a longer view. The challenge is staying competitive while you do it.”
Robyn Hayward, the wife of Utah Jazz All-Star Gordon Hayward, posted a completely innocent picture on Instagram of her and her daughter Bernie snuggling with one another. However, NBA fans noticed a potentially subliminal message in the photo as the two-year-old was wearing a green shirt with a shamrock on it that read “Go Green” on the back.
An associate of Hayward said several weeks ago that he hadn’t heard Miami was particularly on Hayward’s radar and viewed Boston as the next-best option if he left Utah, which obviously wants to keep him. But a source connected with Hayward said this morning that Hayward now has legitimate interest in the Heat.
Marc Stein: Free Agency Scuttle: Volume is rising on the whispers that the team worrying Utah in Gordon Hayward's free agency is Miami as much as Boston
Hypothetically, if the Heat landed Hayward with a salary of $31 million next season, that would leave Miami with $7 million to nearly $9 million in space (the higher amount if you don’t count required $815,000 cap holds for open roster spots up to 12, which will eventually be filled by actual players).
Steve Kyler on Gordon Hayward: I’ve been told that the it’s 60-40 right now. 60 percent coming back, 40 percent that he leaves. That’s not a funny equation.
“I’m not gonna be sitting there calling Gordon every two minutes, but if everything works out in Utah and they want me, and it all comes together, that’s great. Hopefully it’s a quick fix, and it’s done.”
"Utah's paid Rudy [Gobert] $100 million," Prather told The Tribune. "And Rudy deserves every cent of that contract. They are going to have to pay Gordon a max contract, and he deserves every cent. It's going to be difficult to commit to a $300 million dollar frontcourt.” “We're not upset at all," the agent added. "This is just the business side of things, and this is just the reality of where we're at."
There's also the possibility of Hayward signing elsewhere. "That's the one way I can see Derrick staying long-term," Prather said. "If Gordon leaves, Derrick becomes much more important."
Gordon Hayward will be a free agent this summer, and buzz regarding a reunion with Brad Stevens is starting to ramp up. According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics are "really focused on trying to get Gordon Hayward from Utah in free agency." Wojnarowski added that he thinks Celtics general manager Danny Ainge will "go really hard after Hayward on July 1."
The C’s have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and they also could sign another top free agent, similar to their approach last offseason when they drafted Jaylen Brown and signed Al Horford. But who would that free agent be? The Vertical’s Chris Mannix has a pretty good idea. “The next step for this team, that’s got to be Gordon Hayward,” Mannix said on CSNNE’s “Celtics Pregame Live.” “That is a guy who can help this team immediately. And that’s a guy I believe is Boston’s No. 1 target this summer.”
“Now someone like Gordon Hayward should be a little bit different just because he’s unrestricted now, and if he’s [voted on an] All-NBA team, he’d be turning down a lot of money to go elsewhere. And that’s where I think it’s difficult. That’s where I think you have to stay. You do a five-year deal, do a player option after three [years]. You give Utah three years with [Rudy] Gobert and their coach (Quinn Snyder) to get them over the top. But overall, I don’t think it’s good.
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward said Tuesday he hasn't thought about whether he will opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent and will take some time off to enjoy time with his family before dealing with the "next chapter." "It's hard to think about right now, just because of the season we've had and everything we've gone through," he said at his end-of-season availability. "Today it still feels like you're looking toward the next game, looking toward the next opponent. That's obviously over. But it's hard to shut that off right away."
Spencer Checketts: Trey Lyles: "I think Gordon (Hayward) has a few incentives to stay here. I think we will see him back here next year for sure."
October 23, 2021 | 1:41 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Sources: 9-year NBA veteran Lance Stephenson will play for the Denver Nuggets’ G League affiliate, Grand Rapids, this season. He was selected No. 13 in G League draft today.
Andrew Greif: In today’s G League draft, where LiAngelo Ball went 14th overall to Greensboro (one pick after Lance Stephenson went to Grand Rapids), the Clippers’ Agua Caliente Clippers took Nate Darling fifth overall.
Tommy Beer: The Knicks have made 41 three-pointers this season. No other team in the NBA has made more than 32. Total 3-point attempts thru the first two games of the season: Knicks: 99 Rockets: 71 Nets: 71 Warriors: 70 pic.twitter.com/YTF6OJSVlH
October 23, 2021 | 12:42 pm EDT Update
In an exclusive statement to Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill, Roberts urged everyone to be respectful and supportive of Simmons as he works through a tough time. She also called out Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey’s comments about continuing this standoff with Simmons for the four remaining years of his contract. “Really? Is it so hard to believe that Ben’s not mentally at a place to compete? Professional athletes — like the rest of us — have difficult periods in our lives that require time and energy to heal. We have and will continue to provide Ben with the support and resources he needs to work through this. Threatening the prospect of ‘another four years’ serves no one’s interests. Like Tobias [Harris], I say let’s respect Ben’s space and embrace him while allowing him the time to move forward. “So, take a breath and count to 10: We are all too good to continue to play this perpetual game of chicken.”
The Wizards then flipped a draft pick for Aaron Holiday and signed Spencer Dinwiddie as part of the trade. Kuzma put on his GM hat after Friday’s game to evaluate the deal in hindsight. “I mean, you gotta do that trade 10 out of 10 times. If you have an opportunity to get five good basketball players for one, it makes sense. Granted, [Westbrook is] obviously a Hall of Fame player and everything. He’s an unbelievable player, don’t take that wrong,” Kuzma said.
Mark Medina: Lakers coach Frank Vogel taking issue with Dwight Howard and Klay Thompson not being on NBA Top 75 list. Vogel called it “surreal” that LeBron, AD, Westbrook and Melo are all on the list