Gordon Hayward, the Miami Heat’s top free agent priority, chose to sign a four-year, $128 million deal with the Boston Celtics Tuesday.
Thank You, Utah. https://t.co/ICfocNeZfW— Gordon Hayward (@gordonhayward) July 4, 2017
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.
Agent Mark Bartelstein, who reps Hayward, told me he & Heat are "working on something" for James Johnson, will talk with Riley tonight.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) July 4, 2017
Discussions regarding James Johnson and the Heat will take place tonight or tomorrow, agent Mark Bartelstein tells me.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 5, 2017
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.