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Gordon Hayward tells Jazz he is declining option, will become free agent

Post by 112288 on Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:34 pm

Gordon Hayward tells Jazz he is declining option, will become free agent

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All-Star swingman Gordon Hayward formally notified the Utah Jazz on Thursday that he is declining his $16.7 million player option for next season and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to league sources.

Hayward had a Thursday deadline to make the decision. According to league sources, he will visit the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat once free agency starts Saturday at 12:01 a.m. ET before granting a face-to-face recruiting meeting with the Jazz.

ESPN reported earlier this month that the Heat concerned the Jazz as much as Boston in free agency, but the Celtics have since amped up their interest in Hayward, who played for Boston coach Brad Stevens at Butler University.
Gordon Hayward told the Jazz he is declining his option and will become an unrestricted free agent. He is scheduled to talk to the Celtics, Heat and Jazz once free agency starts Saturday. Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics, sources say, have been focused in recent days on trying to secure a free-agent commitment from Hayward and then trying to complete a trade for Indiana's Paul George, in hopes of potentially assembling another superteam in the Golden State mode by adding those two alongside All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas and former All-Star Al Horford.

But league sources say the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers all remain in trade pursuit of George, which could enhance Utah's odds of keeping Hayward.

‎The Celtics and Heat can offer Hayward a four-year maximum deal valued at $127 million. Only the Jazz can offer a five-year deal worth an estimated $180 million.

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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:52 pm

Maybe you can answer me, what is the deal with Kelly Olynk? Do they make another qualifying offer, he turned down their offer in the fall, or is he free and clear as of Saturday and they get to match any offer made to him if they so desire??? Nothing has been written about this.
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Post by bobheckler on Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:58 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Maybe you can answer me, what is the deal with Kelly Olynk? Do they make another qualifying offer, he turned down their offer in the fall, or is he free and clear as of Saturday and they get to match any offer made to him if they so desire???  Nothing has been written about this.


Rosalie,
A qualifying offer was given to Kelly by the Celtics.  That means they can match any offer he receives and keep him.  They can also sign him and trade him but ONLY if he does not sign an offer sheet.
HOWEVER, if he signs an offer sheet then they cannot just match and automatically keep him.  He can receive them but he cannot sign one and still be a restricted free agent.


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Post by beat on Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:00 pm

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Hayward wears number 20

With all the speculation how can he not come here knowing this?

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