Is Hayward the Celtics' top summer target?

Ashish Mathur

Gordon Hayward is high on everyone's offseason wish list, but only a few teams likely can even thinking about trying to pry the All-Star forward from the Utah Jazz.

Perhaps the Boston Celtics could be one of those teams.


The C’s have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and they also could sign another top free agent, similar to their approach last offseason when they drafted Jaylen Brown and signed Al Horford. But who would that free agent be? The Vertical’s Chris Mannix has a pretty good idea. “The next step for this team, that’s got to be Gordon Hayward,” Mannix said on CSNNE’s Celtics Pregame Live. "That is a guy who can help this team immediately. And that’s a guy I believe is Boston’s No. 1 target this summer."

Hayward, 27, is 6-foot-8 and averaged 21.9 points and 5.4 rebounds with the Jazz this past season. He can become a free agent at the end of next season.