NBA Trade Rumors: Gordon Hayward to Leave Jazz Soon? Celtics, Hornets Interested
The latest NBA rumors suggested that the Utah Jazz could trade Gordon Hayward soon, and the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets are interested in making a deal.
Right now, Hayward is considered as the Jazz's main man, and, at the same time,the best trade piece as well. He is entering his seventh year in the league this upcoming regular season after being drafted ninth overall by Utah in 2010.
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The former Butler Bulldogs standout has gradually increased his production throughout the years and is coming off a career-high 19.7 points per game last season as the number one option for head coach Quin Snyder.
At 26, Hayward is still entering his prime years in the NBA which is why it is not surprising why several teams are interested in acquiring his services if he does become available.
The issue for the Jazz is that the team has only qualified to the playoffs once in Hayward's so far six-year reign. This underachievement had generated rumors that Utah is perhaps ready to move on from the small forward and go to a different direction starting this season.
Two teams are reportedly interested in bidding for Hayward, and the first one is the Celtics.
CBS Sports reported that Boston has "real interest" in getting Hayward should the Jazz decide to trade him. Accordingly, the team is also planning to pursue him next summer as soon as he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens used to be Hayward's coach in college and a reunion with his player is said to be in the wish list of the former Bulldogs mentor.
Hayward would be an ideal fit for the Celtics should the club successfully acquire him as the team currently needs more "scoring and spacing." He would replace a defensive-minded Jae Crowder at the No. 3 spot, which would instantly improve Isaiah Thomas' offensive options in the wings.
Meanwhile, the Hornets is reportedly still keen on snatching Hayward from the Jazz as the team is rumored to be ready to challenge Boston for his signature next summer, according to Morning News USA.
Charlotte infamously offered Hayward a max contract of $63 million for four years back in 2014, but the player chose to stay with Utah Jazz after it matched the offer sheet.