BOSTON (CBS) — Don’t hold your breath for any Fourth of July fireworks from the Celtics or Gordon Hayward.

While the free-agent forward could still choose the C’s over a return to the Utah Jazz or a move to the Miami Heat, new reports indicate that Hayward plans to take his time with his decision and his final choice is not imminent.

The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach tweeted on Monday that Hayward “isn’t locked into any timeline” on his decision and will “regroup” with his camp after meeting with the Jazz in San Diego on Monday.

Later on Monday afternoon, Nathaniel Friedman tweeted that Hayward is now leaning toward signing with the Heat after the Celtics failed to land neither Paul George nor Jimmy Butler. According to Friedman, Hayward feels the “ceiling is higher” in Miami. The Heat had previously been reported as the favorite to sign the coveted free agent.

The Celtics did come out with a “positive” feeling after meeting with Hayward on Sunday. No matter where Hayward ends up signing, it appears that the free agent is not looking to make any rash decisions. It could be longer than you think before you find out whether or not Hayward will don Celtics green.

Comments (2)
  1. Peter Foto says:

    Now this article is making more sense. If you look at what Miami accomplished in the 2nd half of the season regardless of falling short of playoffs, the Heat had the best NBA record next to the Warriors. Many still refuse to believe Miami is just as competitive as Boston. With Miami’s finest player development platform in the NBA Hayward could potentially become a Super Star (Now this the part where Heat Haters jump in). Miami’s tropical lifestyle and lower taxes shouldn’t make it to difficult for Hayward to decide. I personally think Hayward should continue in Utah but if not, then Miami is the choice.

    1. Mike Jones says:

      A huge part of the Heat’s second half season success was the result of Dion Waiters playing the best ball of his career. Now it looks like Riley is losing Waiters to the Lakers. I’m not so sure the Heat are a playoff team next year, so to suggest they are just as competitive as the Celtics is somewhat silly.

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