Gordon Hayward made his decision. The All-Star forward coming off of the best season of his career did not join the Miami Heat. Instead, Hayward will leave the Utah Jazz to sign a four-year deal worth $128 million with the Boston Celtics, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
The decision leaves the Heat, who were looking to form a legitimate Big 3 once again, out in the cold. Miami failed to make the playoffs despite an impressive 30-11 stretch in the second half of the season. Hayward was viewed as a legitimate star Pat Riley could build another contender around.
But Miami missed the postseason while Boston made the Eastern Conference Finals. And while it’s the Celtics who celebrate landing the marquee free agent of the summer, the Heat are faced with a separate question:
Miami may have failed to land its big fish, but the Heat aren’t dead in the water just yet. Miami waived Chris Bosh on Tuesday after he missed the 2016-17 season due to recurring blood clots. His $25 million salary comes off the books, giving the Heat about $37 million in cap space to sign free agents.
But Miami can carry some of that momentum into next season. The Heat can re-sign both Dion Waiters and James Johnson, integral parts to their late-season run. They can also integrate Bam Adebayo, a rim-running and -protecting Kentucky product who’s wowed in his NBA debut in the Summer League.
The best-case scenario for the Heat was adding Hayward to Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside to create a legitimate Big 3 in South Beach. That dream may have been dashed, but it’s not the end of the road for Miami just yet.
The Heat have enough cap space to remain competitive and add either a lower-level star or bring Cheap Professional Jerseys back the same group that competed last season. Without much left on Cheap Orioles Jerseys the market, there Cheap Original Soccer Jerseys isn’t much more Heat fans can ask for.