BOSTON (CBS) — Here come the fireworks.
Fee agent forward Gordon Hayward was reported to have chosen the Celtics, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. USA Today’s Sam Amick and The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach also reported the news.
Celtics star Isaiah Thomas reacted to the report using his famed eyeball emoji:
However, shortly after the report was made, several NBA reporters noted that a Hayward decision had not yet been made.
The 6-foot-8 forward averaged a career-high 21.9 points per game for Utah last season, earning his first All-Star nod. A 44 percent shooter for his career, Hayward hit a career-high 47 percent of his from the floor last season while draining 40 percent of his attempts from downtown.
It’s unknown exactly how this situation will figure itself out, but for now the basketball world waits.
Hayward cannot officially sign any deal until July 6.