Miami Heat Rumors: Heat Emerge as Favorites to Sign Gordon Hayward

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According to NBA staff writer Kevin O’Connor from, the Miami Heat have emerged as favorites to sign current free agent Gordon Hayward. This comes a day after the wing declined his player option with the Utah Jazz, as widely predicted.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra, one of the league’s best, would represent a tremendous upgrade over Hayward’s former head coach Quin Snyder. The “feature scoring role” seems to be an attractive feature for Hayward, who averaged 15.8 shot attempts a game last season, which didn’t even rank in the top 20 in the NBA in the 2016-17 season despite his notable efficiency.

Uncharacteristically, the Heat are going all out in a very public manner, as they have even hung a banner of Hayward near American Airlines Arena, ahead of their planned meeting with the star.

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In addition, Miami Herald beat writer Manny Navarro says Miami’s front office is pulling out all the stops.

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