Gordon Hayward is one of the best NBA free agents available this summer, but just three teams have been linked to the star forward.
The Utah Jazz, of course, have made Hayward their top priority this offseason, but the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will try their best to pry the 27-year-old from The Beehive State.
But according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, a fourth team could join the Hayward sweepstakes when free agency officially opens Saturday, in a last-ditch effort to sign the All-Star.
“It wouldn’t shock me if a secret fourth team scheduled a last-minute meeting with him (Hayward), either,” Lowe writes.
If another team does enter the mix, it would be interesting to see when it schedules a meeting with Hayward. He reportedly will begin his free-agency tour Saturday in Miami, followed by a visit with the Celtics on Sunday and the Jazz on Monday. It’s safe to say Hayward will have a busy weekend, so an interested team might be hard-pressed to arrange a visit.
Not to mention, Hayward reportedly is hoping to make his free-agent decision “in short order.” With that in mind, it could be too little, too late for a fourth inquiring club.
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