Gordon Hayward tells Jazz he is declining option, will become free agent

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All-Star swingman Gordon Hayward formally notified the Utah Jazz on Thursday that he is declining his $16.7 million player option for next season and will become an unrestricted free agent, reportedly.

He is expected to visit the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat once free agency starts Saturday at 12:01 a.m.

The Celtics have been focused in recent days on trying to secure a free-agent commitment from Hayward and then trying to complete a trade for Indiana's Paul George, in hopes of potentially assembling another superteam in the Golden State mode by adding those two alongside All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas and former All-Star Al Horford.

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