All-Star Gordon Hayward plans to sign with Boston Celtics, ESPN reports

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All-Star Gordon Hayward plans to sign with Boston Celtics, ESPN reports

But maybe Utah can get something out of this before it's all over. Only then will the Celtics have the cap space to ink Hayward to the deal they've agreed upon.

Hayward, who visited the Miami Heat and could have chosen to remain with the Jazz, has signed a four-year deal that will pay him $128 million, according to ESPN. Well, they not only played before Hayward, but they show up every year, many of them several times.

Don't get me wrong, I would love to see the Celtics in the NBA Finals next postseason, but Hayward still can't stop Lebron, Thomas still has some work to do against Uncle Drew, and Love has that canon of an arm that kills teams on the fast break.

The Celtics could go a few different ways here.

While acknowledging the process of free agency and leaving Utah was not easy of the Jazz fans, Hayward offered a simple assessment of his tenure in Salt Lake City.

The Jazz endured a hard Tuesday with point guard George Hill agreeing to a three-year, $57 million deal with the Sacramento Kings, according to The Vertical. Plus, someone's gotta guard Kyrie Irving in the inevitable Eastern Conference Finals rematch. Crowder is playing on a five-year, $35 million deal. Now entering his prime years, Hayward should be able to exceed his production in Utah, considering they were the slowest paced team in the National Basketball Association last season.

"Look, it's time for us to pivot", he said.

So here's where the Jazz come in. Now, with the addition of Gordon Hayward, Boston appears to be looking at Cleveland eye-to-eye. Or as they cleverly tagged it, a "sign-and-tradeward".

"There were so many great things pulling me in that direction". The Jazz will need to pony up and become the highest bidder by throwing in some additional assets.

The Celtics' payroll could soar to $150 million next summer if Bradley, Smart and Isaiah Thomas are all brought back, and Boston could have a luxury tax bill of more than $70 million. Not to mention the No. 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum has an offensive repertoire that could turn him into a scoring machine.

He also has perhaps the most team-friendly deal of the three, with guaranteed years beyond 2017-18, as he is signed at an affordable price through the 2019-20 season.

That led to perhaps the longest six hours in history for Jazz fans, as sources reported that Hayward was still mulling over the decision.

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