Gordon Hayward likely to meet with Celtics on Sunday or Tuesday

With the Heat's meeting with Hayward set for the first day of free agency, it should give Miami some early clarity about how it should deal with its own free agents, James Johnson and Dion Waiters.

He's excellent off the dribble and highly efficient as a shooter/scorer hybrid (47.1% FG/39.8% 3FG/84.4% FT shooting split last season), who can get the shot he wants, and then finds even better options.

Gordon Hayward will be among the top players available when the free agency period begins, and Pat Riley has reportedly secured the initial meeting.

General manager Danny Ainge's son, Tanner, is now running for Congress in Utah and has continually expressed a desire for Hayward to re-sign with the Jazz.

Outside suitors can offer Hayward a maximum of four seasons, with the Jazz allowed to offer a five-year contract to their incumbent free agent.

Winning is a serious priority for Hayward, according to a league source.

The Heat will have enough cap space, after waiving Chris Bosh's contract, to offer Hayward the four-year max as expected. But it wouldn't be surprising if the Indiana Pacers trade George any day now.

Hayward averaged 21.9 points for the Jazz last season.

Along with his connection to head coach Brad Stevens (he was his coach at Butler) and the allure of playing for one of the NBA's marquee franchises, the Celtics are receiving some help recruiting Hayward from Paul George.

Gordon Hayward, left, and Paul George would look great in Boston Celtics green.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Deseret News' Jody Genessy tweeted out that he had been told that Hayward is indeed hoping that the Jazz will re-sign George Hill.

But with National Basketball Association free agency beginning on July 1, it's a good time to get caught up on all the soon-to-be free agents the Celtics recently have been linked to.

  • Rosalie Stanley