Prized free agent Gordon Hayward has reportedly chosen to sign with the Boston Celtics.
Based on reports from ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Gordon Hayward has committed to sign with the Boston Celtics. Hayward chose Boston over the Utah Jazz, his team since entering the NBA in 2010, and the Miami Heat.
The All-Star swingman will command a maximum salary after opting out of the final season of his contract.
Hayward, 27, has developed into a franchise-caliber player since the Jazz selected him with the ninth overall pick of the 2010 draft out of Butler, where he played under current Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
This is the second consecutive off-season that Boston has signed a high-priority free agent, securing Al Horford Atlanta in 2016.
Hayward’s 8,077 career points rank eighth in Jazz history. He has career averages of 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
This is a potential power shifting move in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, as Boston continues to close the gap on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have done nothing to upgrade its roster thus far.