The C’s would happily use the services of a young, all-around rising star who could be the first big acquisition in Boston’s deep rebuilding process. Hayward is recording a breakaway season up to now, averaging 16.7 points per contest, 5.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists while shooting 40.8 percent from the field.
The Celtics could offer a four-year deal to Hayward, worth around $58.5 million and hope the Utah doesn't match. This can be considered as very possible but in order for Boston to do that, they will have to somehow get rid of some of their big contracts. Or they could offer a sign-and-trade to the Jazz, in an offer Utah might not be able to resist. For example, the C’s could throw Jeff Green on the table, together maybe with some draft picks. If the Celtics could find a way to acquire Hayward without losing Jeff Green, this could be a big step towards the end of the first leg of the rebuilding process.
There is another advantage Boston has to offer to Hayward and that’s no other than the connection he has with the Head Coach of the team, Brad Stevens. Stevens was Hayward’s coach during their tenure in Butler. The two of them had a smooth cooperation during those days and they could be two of the main cornerstones for the Boston Celtics’ new era.
Another team that has strong interest in Hayward is the Phoenix Suns. Sure, the backcourt duo of Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic seems to be very capable. Despite Bledsoe’s injury, the Suns can only hope that once he gets back, most probably in the next season, things will only get better, much better. Nonetheless, Hayward would an entire new dimension to the Suns’ offense. He is a solid perimeter shooter and he would add another three-point shooting threat to the team.
Of course, the Utah Jazz might have failed to negotiate a contract extension with Gordon Hayward, but they do stand some chances to retain him on-board and they might actually want to do so. He has already emerged as one of the main members of the team. Although the Jazz are the worst team in the Western Conference this season, they do have a core that has built chemistry and seems to have lots of potential. Hayward is a part of it. If they choose to match any qualifying offer, they might actually be able to keep Hayward for even longer than one season.
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