With NBA Free Agency just around the corner, rumors and ideas are flying like Bombers in World War II. With that said, a very underrated and unknown decision is on the horizon and it could shake up the landscape of the NBA for the foreseeable future. The Utah Jazz are in quite a predicament.
Gordon Hayward is easily a Top-5 free agent in a class with the likes of Paul Millsap, Kyle Lowry, and Blake Griffin. He ranks far ahead of other free agents based on importance. Here’s what he might do when the time comes.
It has been rumored that Hayward’s option are large but limited. He can leave Utah for another place and lose the chemistry of the team he plays for now. Also, he could lose quite a bit of cash in the process. Let’s review his options and what can happen.
Option No. 1: The Boston Celtics
This seems like a logical choice for Hayward with the talent the C’s have assembled. A starting lineup of Hayward, Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Avery Bradley and Amir Johnson/Kelly Olynyk would be quite a team. Boston would be even more enticing if it flipped the extra pick it acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers. The C’s can flip that along with guys like Johnson and Bradley to get a guy like Jimmy Butler. Boston could still sign Hayward even after all that as well. Another small thing that comes with Boston is reuniting with his former college coach at Butler, Brad Stevens.
#Celtics slight favorite to land forward Gordon Hayward, per sources. Appeal is to play for a contender, as well as Brad Stevens.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 13, 2017
Option No. 2: Staying with the Jazz
For Utah Jazz fans, this season was the beginning of something great out in Salt Lake City. The Jazz have a very young core and have only gotten better since the start of head coach Quin Snyder’s tenure. As part of signing in Utah, Hayward is guaranteed a point guard for the future. George Hill already came out and said that if Hayward leaves, so will he. So assuming the opposite means he will stay if Gordon does. Last season, the Jazz won its’ first division title since 2008 winning 51 games in the process. The roster will be in great shape regardless of what his decision is but losing that momentum would be crushing for Utah.
A small part of this unnoticed is about where George Hill will go if Hayward leaves but that’s another article.
Option No. 3: Heatles 2.0?
The Miami Heat are looking to improve quickly and now. It is known now that Miami will most likely try and offer Hayward a max deal. The idea is to become Miami’s next greatest superstar. The team has a pretty underrated roster with Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters (If he resigns), Goran Dragic and much more. On the surface, this seems very promising. Nothing indicates if Hayward would really go to Miami or not but sometimes shaking things up can be fun. Money is not an issue with Pat Riley and the Heat. That’s important because the roster can be shaped how it needs to be for future success.
Going from Here
There are no guarantees in life so saying a Brad Stevens-Gordon Hayward reunion is a done deal, don’t get too far ahead of the rumors. Hayward decision can change the landscape of the NBA for the next decade at least.