Boston Celtics Talk: Miami Heat Miss Out On Gordon Hayward, So They Then Signed Former Celtic Forward Kelly Olynyk
The Miami Heat were one of the two teams that missed out on Gordon Hayward after the free agent decided to sign the with Boston Celtics.
Instead of sitting around in sorrow, the Heat have made a flurry of moves including the signing Dion Waiters to a 4-year $52 million contract. But one move that relates to Celtics fans is the signing of big man Kelly Olynyk.
After Hayward picked Boston, Danny Ainge and the C’s renounced their rights to Olynyk making him an unrestricted free agent. The 26-year-old forward took advantage of the open market and started wheeling and dealing with interest around the league being immense.
Olynyk’s agent, Greg Lawrence has told ESPN that his client has agreed to a four-year deal with the Miami Heat worth more than $50 million. The contract includes a player option for the fourth season.
Olynyk was the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, taken by the Dallas Mavericks before immediately being traded to the Celtics. In his four seasons with Boston, he averaged 9.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 20.7 minutes per game.
His most memorable game for the C’s came when he scored 26-points in game 7 against the Washington Wizards to carry Boston to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Boston will miss Olynyk more than people think with his ability to stretch the floor and hit shots from deep in a consistent fashion. But renouncing his rights for Hayward was an easy call for Ainge.