The Utah Jazz have been a pretty good team this year. Good team, good coach, roaring fans. They’re 4th in the West, and one of the top defensive teams in the NBA. For the Jazz, things haven’t been this good for a long time.
Despite all that though, Utah’s biggest star could be headed for the door.
All-Star forward Gordon Hayward is a free agent this summer, and most NBA experts would predict that he’d stay with the Jazz. Now, that seems to have changed.
Rumors have been swirling around the league that Hayward is open to a change. Just a short while ago, Paul George commented on how he’d love to play with Hayward. And it’s no secret that rumblings of him being interested in Miami have really picked up steam. So, in the midst of all this Free agent drama, let’s look at three possible destinations for Gordon Hayward if he leaves the Jazz this summer:
The Heat have surprised everyone this year by being a playoff contender, despite the loss of Dwyane Wade. If Gordon wants to go to Miami, it wouldn’t be the worst situation ever. He’d have Hassan Whiteside, Justice Winslow, Dion Waiters, and one of the best head coaches in the league, Erik Spoelstra. With Hayward on board, the Heat would get even closer to becoming a true force in the East.
Reports around the league indicate that Paul George would LOVE to play ball with Hayward. Chances are, the Utah star wouldn’t mind playing with George either. And while it would take a lot of adjustments, imagine how dangerous a PG-Hayward combo could be. In the weak Eastern Conference (and a struggling Cavs squad) the Pacers could be set up to compete for a long while.
It seems like every rumor in the league involves the Celtics. But it’s not without good reason. They sit atop the East, have a chance for the number one pick in the draft, and have a chemistry on the court that is unmatched. Gordon would fit right in, giving the Celtics a shooter, while still keeping their scorer. If #20 goes to the Celtics, it would give him the best chance to win a ring.