Celtics ‘focused’ on signing Gordon Hayward in off-season

Gobert becomes the eighth different Jazz player and 35th recipient overall to be selected to an All-NBA Team, joining Karl Malone (14 selections), John Stockton (11 selections), Pete Maravich (three selections), Adrian Dantley (two selections), Deron Williams (two selections), Carlos Boozer (one selection) and Truck Robinson (one selection). Such a contract would pay the forward upward of $210 million over five years.

Hayward, coming off a career year, will have an abundance of good options available. Rudy Gobert received 339 and was the 6th highest vote getter in the NBA just BARELY missing the All-NBA First Team by 4 votes.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens coached Hayward in college at Butler, where both made their names during a run to the NCAA title game in 2010. As much as the Jazz’s breakout 51-win season gives them a selling point to Hayward, Boston’s future looks even brighter.

While the Utah Jazz earn Hayward’s Bird rights and can offer him more money than any other club, Hayward’s omission from the All-NBA Team means he will not be eligible for the super-max contract, which is not great news for the Jazz. Remember, he never picked Utah. To be clear, the Jazz are still the favorites to re-sign him. May. The six-year veteran has been steadily improving ever since and finally broke out in a big way this past season.

The All-NBA first team consists of Cleveland forward LeBron James, Houston guard James Harden, Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans center Anthony Davis.

Here’s betting Hayward locks into a long-term deal this summer, but where?