The Jazz contingent that met with free agent Gordon Hayward on Monday near Hayward's San Diego home included newly acquired point guard Ricky Rubio, who traveled from his native Spain, ESPN reports.
Hayward reportedly told the Jazz that he would enjoy playing with Rubio, a pass-first point guard acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves as a replacement for George Hill, who left Utah to become a free agent after developing a good relationship with Hayward in his lone season in Utah.
Joining Rubio in trying to persuade Hayward to stay in Utah were Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey, coach Quin Snyder, team president Steve Starks, ownership trustee Gail Miller, center Rudy Gobert and forward Joe Ingles
Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas and forward Al Horford were part of Boston's pitch to Hayward a day earlier. It also included a pickup at the airport from Hayward's former coach at Butler, Celtics coach Brad Stevens, and a visit to Fenway Park.
According to the ESPN report from Ramona Shelburne, the Jazz group stressed "the opportunity for Hayward to be the No. 1 option on a playoff team with a co-star [Rubio] who complements and enhances his skills."
Hayward visited the Miami Heat on Saturday. He's expected to make his decision sometime today.
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11:02 - The Bruins clinched a playoff berth despite losing to the St. Louis Blues in overtime. Joe Haggerty joins Tom Giles to break down the game, which included another goal by Ryan Donato and a questionable call on a high hit on David Krejci.
The second opinion on Kyrie Irving’s sore left knee will be done on Thursday, according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett.
Irving, who has missed the last four games, is expected to decide between having a surgical procedure performed to help alleviate some of the soreness, or continue to manage it with rest.
During the 2015 NBA Finals, Irving suffered a fractured left kneecap injury which was the beginning of Irving’s left knee issues.
While Irving has had soreness of some form during various stretches of play this season, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has seen him making progress recently.
“That knee is still sore,” Stevens said. “He’s worked really hard to manage it throughout the entire season. He’s had some pretty good days recently. I’m encouraged by the big picture.”
But Stevens has made it clear that he supports Irving getting a second opinion, adding that Irving’s absence is due to the knee being too sore for him to play at a level he’s accustomed to.
“He’s out because of knee soreness, not because we’re choosing to rest him,” Stevens said. “That’s the bottom line. Again, we want him to feel 110 percent. He wants to feel 110 percent. Obviously, we’re fortunate we created a cushion early on in the year with playoffs and everything else. This is not one of those situations where we’re choosing to rest someone; it’s because he has a sore knee.”