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Tanner Ainge tweets Gordon Hayward about possible 'millionaire's tax' in MA


Hayward, 27, averaged a career-best 21.9 points this past season.

Tanner took to Twitter to acknowledge how much of a hot button issue Hayward's free agency is in Utah.

Highly coveted forward Gordon Hayward will open the free-agent process by meeting with the Miami Heat on Saturday, according to multiple reports. The Miami Heat might be pleased to know that they are on his list of teams to meet with. The Celtics might be forced to trade Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder, two starters, as well as a first-round draft pick, in order to acquire a player that could be gone in a year. Utah's advantage is the ability to sign Hayward to a five-year contract worth around $180 million.

In hoping Hayward stays with the Jazz, Tanner Ainge isn't just rooting against his father, but also his brother, Austin, who works in the Celtics front office.

Trading George if he has one year left on his deal would lessen the package the Celtics would have to offer.


The NBA, as a whole, has been wacky with the ridiculous amount of rumors this offseason, including the trade talks surrounding Kristaps Porzingis, Paul George and Jimmy Butler.

The ability for Hayward to potentially team up with George and join a 53-win club, however, is something that neither the Heat nor Jazz can offer.

Hayward would be a snug fit in Stevens' system, and Boston would be lucky to add a player of his caliber on a maximum contract. While Gay obviously wouldn't be the same splash as Hayward and/or George, he is a talented wing scorer who could be a helpful piece for Boston.

George has said he'd like to play for his hometown Lakers, so the Celtics run the risk of giving up a boatload of assets for one-year rental. In it, a reporter asked him whether he preferred Brady or Aaron Rodgers. The Los Angeles Clippers appear to be on the verge of a rebuild, too, after trading Chris Paul, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Griffin go elsewhere.

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