Heat considered current favorite to sign top free agent Gordon Hayward

The Miami Heat went to a full-court press Saturday morning with their presentation to Utah Jazz free-agent forward Gordon Hayward.

With meetings already set up in Miami and Boston, Hayward is testing the market. Add in Hassan Whiteside and Udonis Haslem and you are looking at a squad that could make some noise. Even though Brad Stevens coached Hayward at Butler University, Boston may not be the front-runner for his services. He’ll not only have the Jazz throwing every bit of money at him that they can possibly afford to but so will the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.

Hayward has been linked to Miami in previous reports, but this is the first sign of a scheduled meeting between the parties. Hayward could essentially structure his contract to take advtange of a similar deal after three seasons whether he’s in Boston, Utah or Miami. Hayward has made a decision to opt out of his final year of his contract with the #Utah Jazz. League sources say Hayward wants to take his meetings, and make a decision in short order.

The Celtics entered free agency without a chance to acquire Griffin or George, but can come out of free agency with some talent.

It seems inevitable. Gordon Hayward is destined to be a Boston Celtic.

With $35 million in cap space, it would be hard for the Heat to fit free-agent forward James Johnson and Waiters under the cap if Hayward picks Miami.

No matter where he signs, Hayward nearly certainly will sign a deal that gives him the option to sever after three years.

The Jazz have roughly $15 million in potential cap space, but can go over the cap to re-sign Hayward since they own his early bird rights. One name that sticks out is Grizzlies power forward JaMychal Green, who is a power forward with range (37.9 percent from 3-point range) and has the muscle to rebound (7.1 per game) among the trees in the post. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the Heat nor Hayward revealed any details publicly.

Sixers fans appear to be the big winners of the first day, as their team landed shooting guard J.J. Redick on a one year, $23 million deal. The team made headlines with their free-agent pitch to Kevin Durant last summer.

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