Boston Celtics Rumor: Utah Jazz Free Agent Forward Gordon Hayward Interested In Joining Miami Heat
The Gordon Hayward rumors are continuing to swirl around on Monday with no end in sight until the Utah Jazz free agent decides where he wants to be next season.
A new report is stating that Hayward has a new found interest in joining Pat Riley‘s Miami Heat team.
“An associate of Hayward said several weeks ago that he hadn’t heard Miami was particularly on Hayward’s radar and viewed Boston as the next-best option if he left Utah, which obviously wants to keep him,” the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson wrote.
“But a source connected with Hayward said this morning that Hayward now has interest in the Heat, as well as other teams. (The Heat should by no means be called the favorite – Utah warrants that position – but Miami is positioned to at least be in the mix.)
But Heat president Pat Riley can be very convincing, and it won’t be surprising if he gets a meeting with Hayward. And if Riley gets a player in a room, anything can happen.”
The Heat can offer Hayward a max contract, but their roster is not comparable to what the Celtics have and ideally would have to add another star for Hayward to sign there. Boston is still enticing for Hayward because Danny Ainge can sell Hayward on joining a roster that he could push over the edge instead of Miami that missed the playoffs this year.