Tanner Ainge warns Gordon Hayward about Massachusetts' new 'millionaire tax'

Tanner Ainge warns Gordon Hayward about Massachusetts' new 'millionaire tax'”

Tanner Ainge, a Utah House of Representatives candidate and the son of Boston Celtics team president Danny Ainge, sent a tweet to Jazz forward Gordon Hayward early Thursday in an effort to convince him to stay with the team.

With Hayward meeting the Miami Heat on Saturday and the Jazz on Monday, that leaves those two days at the beginning of the free agency period.

A ninth overall pick by the Jazz in the 2010 NBA Draft, the 27-year-old Hayward averaged 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game and was named to his first All-Star selection last season.

If he were to join the Celtics as their roster stands today, Hayward's 12.0 nERD would rank second to only Isaiah Thomas, who posted a 16.3 nERD over the 2016-17 season.

In order to keep their payroll low enough to have the ability to sign Hayward, Boston hopes to trade for George after they sign the Jazz star.

The Celtics are expected to get the third meeting with Hayward before he makes his free-agent decision. All other teams including Miami, will be limited to a four-year max offer. The Jazz can offer him a five-year deal worth approximately $180 million.

Reports are swirling about Danny Ainge's desire to try to pair Gordon Hayward and Paul George together. Boston's interest might come from Brad Stevens, on Boston's bench, who is Hayward's former college coach. Also, the Celtics are reportedly angling for a situation wherein they can land both Hayward and Paul George (via trade) to potentially dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers as the best team in the Eastern Conference. Boston has the most attractive asset pool in the National Basketball Association, and could up the ante if Griffin or Hayward is already on board. He went out and signed LeBron James awhile back and signing Hayward would just be the latest in a long line of big free agency moves.

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