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Are the Celtics preparing a “large offer” for Gordon Hayward?

Chuck - Red's Army June 30, 2014 Avery Bradley, Celtics News 23 Comments

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Utah’s Gordon Hayward is once again linked to the Celtics:

And Hayward, who earned $11 million in his first four NBA seasons, is about to get a huge pay raise.

The 6-foot-8 restricted free agent is expected to receive a significant contract offer, possibly upwards to a max deal, from the Phoenix Suns this coming week, according to sources.

Boston and Charlotte are two other teams whom the Jazz anticipate could throw large offers at Hayward.

However, the Jazz plan on matching any offers for Hayward and intend to keep the versatile wing player in the organization as a major cornerstone in this rebuilding era, according to sources.

Utah extended a qualifying offer to Hayward last week, giving the team the right to match any offer sheets that he might receive.

Aside from Gordon Hayward, his girlfriend, his parents and agent, I can’t think of anyone who believes this kid is worth a max contract. A max offer from Utah is 5 years, $85 million. Other teams can offer up to $62 million over four years.

Maybe he gets Larry Sanders (4 years, $44 million) or Derrick Favors (4 years, $49 million) money. I’m thinking a deal worth $8-$10 million annually is a fair price.

He possesses a well-rounded game; 16 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 5.1 apg, 16 PER last season. But his shooting percentages were not pretty: 41% and 31% 3 FG.

Rumors linking Hayward to Boston are not new. Back in February, Sherrod Blakely reported the Celtics had interest but not enough interest to send a 1st round pick in any deal. And of course, Brad Stevens coached him at Butler.

In other news, the Celtics formally offered Avery Bradley a $3.6 million qualifying offer today. Like Hayward, AB is a restricted FA and the Celtics can match any offer.

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  • adam

    This would be nice, but that means Green is out of here. In the KG/PP era, Green made sense. But last year I don’t know. Also I hope Danny uses the Trade Exception for something good! Houston wants to clear cap space still.

  • tvor03

    Remember back in the 90’s when we hired a college coach who became enamored with his former players? That didn’t work out too well for us.

    • Rich Jensen

      Fortunately, this college coach doesn’t have authority over personnel.

    • 409Pen

      As I recall, his former players weren’t so enamored with him. Walker in particular was not pleased that King Richard was hired.

  • KGino

    if that’s the stat line it takes to get max money, then Lance Stephenson, Andre Iguodala, & Michael Carter Williams should be max players soon… LOL. Absolutely ludicrous

    • LA Flake

      Yeah but Hayward is actually very good. I’d rate him a notch below Paul Pierce in his younger days. He reminds me a lot of Joe Johnson with a lot less ball hogging.

      • KGino

        haha whoever he reminds you of, my point is he’s not worth that kind of $ right now

        • LA Flake

          Oh I agree. But if we can get him for Jeff Green money…

  • BillRussell

    Question — Is Gortat our best chance at a Center during free agency? i like him alot, just curious who is available? for the right $$ i would really like Greg Monroe- i think he is only 23 and has serious size- i feel he can improve alot- him and sully would be a tough front court

    • LA Flake

      I like Monroe a lot, too. He can bang, rebound and pass. Very smart player. And if we get Gortat, he’ll have a career year playing with Rondo for sure.

      • BillRussell

        which one do you think is more likely? i wonder if we could trade Green for Monroe.

        • LA Flake

          That would be awesome.

    • adam

      well Vitor is done, it was only a 1 year deal. Humphries is done also. The only people we have are bass, sully, kelly, i wouldnt mind monroe either for the money. but i hear he is a defensive liability.

      • BillRussell

        im just worried we are going to have another year without a true center. lack of defense has def been an issue with Monroe in the past, i feel in the right program and with the right teammates he can definitely up his defensive game. he has great size and strength.

      • bill_nair

        Actually, Vitors under contract for this season. Non guaranteed next.

  • bill_nair

    Id rather Green than Hayward. Haywards a better scorer but thats it. Brad isnt going to turn his former player into gold just cause he knows him.

    • wil

      Are you being serious right now? lol Hayward got a better basket ball IQ than Green. A better rebounder, a better passer and he got hussle unlike green.

      The kid is gold. He would be a perfect celtic.

      • bill_nair

        Not quite sure how we measure IQ but Green isnt a dud. Hes Green but more versatile. Thats fine, but I appreciate Greens defense more than Gordons play mkaing abilities. No point in having either if we’re gonna rebuild this team anyways.

        • wil

          Gordon is just 24 years old. You can see how Green moves on the court, he is often just standing there in the 3 point line. And when he catches the ball he is clueless on what to do.

          Jeff green, block 0.6 steals 0.7
          Hayward 0.5 and 1.4

          Jeff Green is athletic to stay infront of his guy thats why he is a better individual defender but Gordon Hayward is a better team defender.

          Gordon Hayward is a better team player over all which makes him valuable for a team that Brad Stevens is building.
          Even Rondo was forced to go off ball more.

          We are also not building a team like the Thunder and Miami where one or two guy can carry the team.

          If you watched alot of games youll see that C’s are relying in ball movement like the spurs which requires players who know how to pass.

          • bill_nair

            How is Green a better 1-on-1 defender but Hayward a better team defender? FYI, using blocks and steals is not a good indication of ones defense or Stockton would be better than Payton.
            Green has a higher Drtg, Rebound % and Defensive Win shares. He even has a higher win share than Hayward. I dont think hes much better than Hayward, there just very comparable in every category from TS% to eFG% to Ortg to both being terrible as #1 options on their team. Why pay one more if you already have a comparable player?

          • Kahnstantine

            Totally agree with this. Also, when building a true contender from the ground up, stability and cohesiveness are completely underrated. If Hayward is the alternative, I say keep Uncle Jeff.

          • bill_nair

            The other important thing to remember when building ground up is to keep financial flexibility. Offering $10+ mill for a role player isnt fiscally smart.

  • Jacquard Causeway

    His percentages are the result of being the clear cut primary option on a terrible team. I’d expect them to be better on a team with any kind of balance. I think it could make some sense for the Celtics to add him.

    It makes a lot more sense to pay Hayward 10-12 million a year versus paying Green 8-9 million a year.

    In any case, where are the Celtics getting the cap space for this?