Celtics go all-out for Gordon Hayward’s free agency visit
With Paul George off the table, the Boston Celtics are zoning in on free agent forward Gordon Hayward. Boston’s interest in the Butler product has been well-documented over the last couple years, in part because of his connection with head coach Brad Stevens.
Utah finally made the jump this season, earning the 5th seed in the Western Conference and a berth in the second round after knocking off the Clippers. With a young core just beginning to mesh, it could be difficult for Hayward to walk away from what he helped build.
That won’t stop Boston from making their pitch loud and clear, though.
First, Hayward was spotted with Stevens flying in for his visit on Saturday night:
My brother just came back from a mission trip to Nicaragua from Miami to Boston and Hayward was on the flight! Here's a picture with them! pic.twitter.com/rvyvFMED9f
— John Habershaw (@JohnHabershaw) July 2, 2017
This morning, the C’s took Gordon to Fenway park to show him a video pitch on the scoreboard:
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) July 2, 2017
— Chris Durbin (@_chrisdurbin) July 2, 2017
You can even see some of that video here:
— Stephen (@Parziale_Here) July 2, 2017
As noted above, Isaiah Thomas flew back to Boston to be there for Hayward’s visit:
Isaiah Thomas back in Boston for the Gordon Hayward meeting pic.twitter.com/u8twP8ecMK
— Celtics News (@CelticsNewsNBA) July 2, 2017
You’ll probably see reports over the next few hours describing how well the meeting went, but that will be the case for the Heat and Jazz, too. Until Hayward actually signs a contract, his decision is still a mystery.