Three teams on the rise will do the bidding for Utah Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward’s services, per Jorge Sedano of ESPN: the Jazz, the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.

Oct 28, 2016; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) warms up priorate their game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Boston and Utah would seem to be neck and neck for Hayward. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens coached Hayward at Butler, and the two nearly won the 2010 national championship over Duke after a Hayward half-court heave at the buzzer just missed. Their rapport and chemistry was obvious in college, so a Hayward-Stevens pairing seems like a distinct possibility.

Plus, Hayward could slot right into the small forward position, instantly making the Celtics an even stronger contender for the Eastern Conference title next year.

Hayward has enjoyed success in Utah as well, capped by his breakout All-Star campaign last year and a playoff series win against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Jazz can also offer Hayward the most money out of this trio of teams (five years and $180 million), per ESPN.

The guess here is that it’s a toss-up between Boston and Utah.

Credit: Bleacher Report

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