One of the top available free agents, Gordon Hayward, has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Boston Celtics, following much speculation that he would be headed to Miami. The deal was first reported by ESPN NBA writer, Chris B. Haynes. Details of the deal have yet to be disclosed at this time though.
Free-agent Gordon Hayward plans to sign with the Boston Celtics, league sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 4, 2017
Hayward’s been a topic of rumors and speculation for the past few days, and teams have tried their best to lure the free agent to their city.
The Miami Heat went as far as posting banners of Hayward on flag poles.
If that wasn’t enough, the Boston Celtics prepared a message at Fenway Park that read, “Welcome to Boston, Gordon & Robyn.” The team also showed Hayward a video of some of Boston’s greatest athletes on what it is like playing in the city.
Hayward spent his first seven NBA season playing for the Utah Jazz and averaged 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. The small forward will head to a Boston team that is led by point guard Isaiah Thomas, who had a great 2016-17 season prior to injuring his hip in the postseason.
With the addition of Hayward, the Celtics will hope to put an end to the Cleveland Cavaliers consecutive run to the NBA Finals this next season.
The deal will not be finalized until July 7, which is the first day that players can sign new deals. But Hayward should help Boston for many years to come.