Hayward chooses to join Celtics
Gordon Hayward chose to sign with the Boston Celtics and reunite with coach Brad Stevens.
Hayward told Utah officials he is moving on after seven seasons with the Jazz and that he picked Boston, making the announcement Tuesday evening on The Players’ Tribune site.
Hayward played college ball under Stevens at Butler. He leaves a loaded Western Conference to join a Boston team that was the No. 1 seed in last season’s Eastern Conference playoffs. The Miami Heat also were in the chase to land Hayward.
He was an all-star for the first time last season, averaging career bests of 21.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. Hayward also shot 47 percent, a significant jump over what he managed in the previous four seasons.
“This was a life-changing decision for me and my family, and something we took really seriously,” Hayward wrote. “And from the start of this process, one thing stood out as important: I knew I wanted the fans and the organizations to hear my decision directly from me.
“After seven years in Utah, I have decided to join the Boston Celtics.”
His post capped a strange day, after it was widely reported in the early afternoon that Hayward picked the Celtics — a decision immediately shot down by his agent Mark Bartelstein, who said Hayward was still going over his options.
Several hours later, it was done, and it was Boston.
Heat, Bosh part ways.
Chris Bosh’s time with the Heat is officially over.
Weeks after the sides came to a final agreement on how to part ways and more than a year since his last NBA appearance because of blood-clot issues, Bosh was waived by the Heat on Tuesday. The move was a formality.
It gives Miami access to $25.3 million in salary-cap space for this coming season, which the Heat will use to sign free agents starting Thursday. Bosh still gets that salary, plus $26.8 million for next season, and in theory could continue his career — if another team declares him fit to play.
It’s unknown if that will happen.
Heat president Pat Riley said the organization will retire Bosh’s No. 1 jersey.
Kings get vet free agents.
The Kings added veteran help with Zach Randolph and George Hill.
Randolph left Memphis for a $24 million, two-year deal to reunite with former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger in Sacramento.
Hill announced on Twitter he was joining the Kings. Yahoo Sports first reported the deal, saying Hill would get $57 million over three years.
Free-agent forward Mike Scott agreed to a $1.7 million, one-year contract with the Wizards. … The Nets and restricted free agent Otto Porter Jr. reached an agreement on an offer sheet that will pay the Wizards forward the maximum of $106 million over four years. The Wizards intend to exercise their right to match the offer. … Free-agent forward Patrick Patterson reached a threeyear, $16.4 million contract with the Thunder.