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With Hayward gone, Heat turn to Plan B

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The Heat will try to re-sign James Johnson and Dion Waiters.

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Gordon Hayward, the Miami Heat’s top free agent priority, chose to sign a four-year, $128 million deal with the Boston Celtics Tuesday.

Having now been spurned two straight off-seasons — Pat Riley also met with Kevin Durant last summer — the Heat will now attempt to re-sign James Johnson, Dion Waiters and add another free agent, according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson. And Riley already has plans to discuss keeping Johnson.

Jackson added that Rudy Gay and Patrick Patterson are two free agents that may be of interest to the Heat. He also said that the Heat will “strongly consider retaining” sharpshooter Wayne Ellington, who has a $6.3 million team option that becomes guaranteed if the Heat don’t release him by Friday.