Hayward, 27, has spent his entire National Basketball Association career with the Utah Jazz, but he played for Celtics head coach Brad Stevens at Butler University. Maybe Hayward was destined to land with the C's all along.
Hayward's max deal with Boston will come in at $127.8 million over four years.
Among the Celtics who celebrated the "decision" was point guard Isaiah Thomas. However, that also infers that prior to the meeting, there's a chance that Hayward's preference was elsewhere...and that's scary to say the least.
A source confirmed to the Palm Beach Post that Hayward has not made a decision yet at this point and the reports of him choosing the Celtics "are all erroneous".
Hayward joins former Butler head coach Brad Stevens with the Celtics as the two reunite with the hopes of bringing the Celtics franchise their 18th NBA Championship. In addition to the Boston Celtics, the #Miami Heat have also been trying to lure the top-tier free agent this offseason.
Then, the idea of Hayward heading to Boston started to seem like a reality. As such, both teams have offered hefty contracts to try to lure him away from the Utah Jazz.
Hayward broke out with his first All-Star season in 2016-17, becoming one of the NBA's best two-way players.
The last Utah player to be selected to an All-Star Game was Deron Williams in 2011. While Hayward wasn't actually leaving Utah, this six-year-old video became oddly relevant on this Fourth of July.