Prized free agent Gordon Hayward could soon be reunited with his college coach, as Hayward has chosen to join the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
Free-agent Gordon Hayward plans to sign with the Boston Celtics, league sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 4, 2017
However, conflicting reports say Hayward is yet to make up his mind.
Okay. Strap in. Told by a source w/knowledge of the process that Gordon Hayward has NOT made a decision yet & is still in the process. FWIW.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 4, 2017
Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens recruited Hayward to Butler during his time there and the two led the program to its first National Championship appearance in school history before appearing in the game in back-to-back seasons.
Hayward would join a Boston team that finished the regular season 53-29 last year, good enough for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference before losing to the Cavs in the conference finals.
Last season with the Jazz, Hayward tallied career highs in points and rebounds. The 27 year-old swingman averaged 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 47.1 percent overall and 39.8 percent from deep.
No deal can be made official until the free agent moratorium ends July 6.