Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 6/11/14
There was lots of “Gordon Hayward to the Celtics” chatter earlier this year. Should the Celtics make a run at prying away the former Butler Bulldog from Utah?How the Celtics could get him: As Hayward is a restricted free agent this off-season there are two ways in which the Celtics can get him into a green jersey: 1. They can outbid the Jazz and any other suitor, or 2. they can try to work a sign-and-trade.Option 1: The Bidding War Call me crazy, but bidding wars are not something the Celtics should be getting into for any restricted free agent at the present time, even someone like Gordon Hayward who has all the x-factors needed to take Boston by storm.As Hayward is a restricted free agent, Utah has the right of first refusal- meaning they can match any offer they receive for him. His team option, which wasn’t picked up by Utah, is for $4.6M. Had they picked up that contract, he’d be the third highest paid player on the team going into the 2014-15 season. This puts Utah in a great position
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