Gordon Hayward announces he’s picked Celtics over Jazz, Heat

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Boston Celtics finally got their fireworks — on the Fourth of July, no less.

Gordon Hayward, the prize of this summer’s free-agent class, announced Tuesday that he’s going to play for the Celtics, choosing their maximum-contract offer over those from the Utah Jazz, his team since 2010, and the Miami Heat.

The 6-foot-8 small forward has agreed to a four-year, $128 million deal, according to sources. The deal also includes a player option for the final year, sources said, which would allow Hayward to return to free agency with 10 years of NBA service when he could pursue another big-money contract and command a starting salary at 35 percent of the salary cap.

He shared his decision in an article on The Players’ Tribune titled “Thank You Utah.”

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Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19833892/gordon-hayward-joins-boston-celtics-further-mulling-decision

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