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Gordon Hayward to kick off his free-agency meetings with Heat

Gordon Hayward will take his first free-agent meeting with the Miami Heat on Saturday, a source told ESPN's Jorge Sedano. Hayward will then be traveling Sunday to meet Utah on Monday, with Boston coming after that.

An earlier version of this story stated that Hayward would meet with Boston on Sunday, then Utah on Monday.

Gordon Hayward.
Sources previously told ESPN the Jazz regard the Heat as no less a threat to lure Hayward away than the Celtics, whose interest in the former Butler star has been anticipated for some time, largely thanks to the presence of Hayward's college coach, Brad Stevens, on Boston's bench.

The Jazz have a strong case to re-sign Hayward, thanks in large part to the five-year pact worth an estimated $180 million that only they can offer, as well as Utah's on-the-rise status in the Western Conference.

Hayward, 27, made his All-Star breakthrough this past season and, along with center Rudy Gobert, led the Jazz to the second round of the playoffs, despite Utah's many injuries.

The 6-foot-8 swingman, drafted No. 9 overall by the Jazz in 2010, averaged 21.9 points and shot better than 47 percent from the floor and nearly 40 percent from 3-point range during the 2016-17 campaign.

Information from ESPN's Marc Stein was used in this report.

Source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19762206/gordon-hayward-start-free-agency-meetings-miami-heat

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