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David Locke: Really disappointing news for Jazz Nation. Gordon Hayward grew up with us and became a star under the tutelage of the Utah Jazz. Compounding the frustration is the Jazz did everything right over the last months to secure a contract from Gordon including consulting with him on moves. It feels as thought consciously or unconsciously Gordon has his mind made up in this process a long time ago. The quote from Sam Amick that he was torn makes me think the Jazz rocked his world in the last few weeks and made him reconsider.
Gordon Hayward has committed to sign with the Boston Celtics, sources told ESPN's Chris Haynes, choosing their offer over the Utah Jazz, his team since 2010, and the Miami Heat. Hayward will be reunited with Brad Stevens in Boston, who also coached him in college at Butler.

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ESPN's Chris Haynes reported the Boston Celtics feel "really, really good" about their chances of landing top free agent Gordon Hayward. After meeting with the Celtics, Miami Heat and Utah Jazz, Hayward reportedly slept on his decision Monday night. He is expected to reveal his choice either Tuesday or Wednesday. "I will say this: I'm hearing Boston is feeling really good about their chances of getting him," Haynes said on television. "I don't know what that means, but I've been talking to people in Boston. They feel really, really good about their shot. So it's going to be tough. He met with Utah in San Diego for over three hours last night. Ricky Rubio actually flew from Spain to go down there and be present in that meeting. So they're laying it all out. And like I said, it would be really tough on the Jazz faithful if he were to bolt, knowing what the Jazz did to try putting themselves in position."
Austin Horton: Not from Hayward (obviously) or the Jazz, but I'm told the decision will be between Utah & Boston, is expected to be announced tomorrow🤞
Sam Amick: At the risk of tugging at Jazz fans' heart strings, I'm told Utah made a very strong impression on Gordon Hayward & he's genuinely torn.
According to sources, that was all part of the pitch to the unrestricted free agent small forward Monday afternoon at Hayward's home in San Diego: Make the team whole. The two sides met for almost four hours, sources say, covering a variety of topics, and pitching the potential of Hayward and Rubio playing together. It was Hayward's third meeting in as many days. He met with the Miami Heat Saturday, and the Boston Celtics on Sunday. "The meeting went well," a source told The Tribune.
Monday represented the last chance for the Jazz to impress Hayward on the direction of the franchise, Utah's ability to win now and in the future. In doing so, the Jazz made a significant effort. They flew in Rubio from Spain. Jazz owner Gail Miller made the trip, along with President Steve Starks, general manager Dennis Lindsey and coach Quin Snyder. Gobert was in the room, along with Rodney Hood and Ingles.
Hayward will make a decision in short order, sources say. But for now, the speculation, the recruiting, it's over.
Chris Forsberg: Brad Stevens couldn’t talk about Gordon Hayward meeting. Ended session with reporters by noting, “Sorry I missed everybody’s main question."
Tony Jones: The Jazz meeting with Gordon Hayward is ongoing, sources tell The Tribune
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.”
Jay King: Source says Gordon Hayward appears to be flying. And happy. And wearing sunglasses.

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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.
Evan Fournier: MDRRRRRRR SAVAGE twitter.com/rudygobert27/s…

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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.

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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.
Rudy Gobert: 🌴🗑☘️💩🎷🏆
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.
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.

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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.
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: 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
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.”
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.
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.

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