Hayward, 27, has steadily developed into a franchise-caliber player since the Jazz selected him with the ninth overall pick of the 2010 draft.
The story of Hayward and Stevens goes back years, of course.
The Celtics, Heat and Jazz reportedly coveted Hayward before Boston apparently made a strong enough impression to take one of the biggest 2017 free agents off the market.
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Hayward thrived under Snyder in improving his scoring average by 5.7 points to score 21.9 per game last season.
Gordon Hayward has had his meetings.
Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas likely will not require surgery on the injured hip that ended his season, according to coach Brad Stevens. ESPN's Chris Haynes reported Hayward would be taking his talents to Boston, but it didn't take long for all hell to break loose.
But it's also possible Hayward just hasn't decided.
This is the second straight year the Celtics have been able to acquire a marquee free agent.
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If the Celtics are to pry Hayward away from Utah, they could point to the geography and how it impacts today's National Basketball Association.
There are plenty of reasons for Hayward to stay in Utah, despite the also obvious allures of teams such as Boston or Miami.
Hayward's 8,077 career points rank eighth in Jazz history.
In any case, each hour can seem like a day for the Celtics, who have placed their hopes of adding an All-Star in his prime.
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