Gordon Hayward will reportedly make decision on 4th of July

Stevens, Hayward reuniting with Celtics?

Hayward was spotted at the Boston airport Saturday night, and there to meet him? He was picked up at the airport by Brad Stevens, Hayward's college coach at Butler. It's no surprise that he was on hand to make his case to Hayward.

Hayward declined the player option on the final year of his four-year, roughly $63 million deal, making him an unrestricted free agent. The Jazz had positioned themselves to make the most of Hayward's prime, with big man Rudy Gobert anchoring their defense and recently-acquired point guard Ricky Rubio running the show. He was named to his first All-Star team, and averaged 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range.

It's impossible to know how much weight Hayward put into his relationship with Stevens throughout the free-agency process. Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford were also on hand to help recruit Hayward to Beantown.

Bartelstein continued his Boston media tour and told CSNNE's A. Sherrod Blakely that he was "upset someone would report that".




It could play in the Jazz's favor that Hayward's favorite player growing up, Reggie Miller, planted his roots in IN soil for the duration of his 18-year career, too. Now he's added an All-Star without surrendering any picks or young players.

The fiasco reportedly is throwing off the remaining free agents, too.

This is the second straight year the Celtics have been able to acquire a marquee free agent.

Hayward, 27, has spent his entire National Basketball Association career with the Utah Jazz, but he played for Celtics head coach Brad Stevens at Butler University.

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