Tanner Ainge, a Utah House of Representatives candidate and the son of Boston Celtics team president Danny Ainge, sent a tweet to Jazz forward Gordon Hayward early Thursday in an effort to convince him to stay with the team.
The tweet featured a link to an article about Massachusetts considering a "millionaire's tax" and included the Jazz's "take note" hashtag:
Tanner Ainge @tannerainge
@gordonhayward: something to consider over next few days... #takenote https://t.co/bqyEtXvnKO2017-6-29 04:17:46
The Celtics are widely expected to make a push for Hayward in free agency. Hayward played under Boston head coach Brad Stevens at Butler, and the two maintain a close relationship. Signing Hayward could be the first step in an offseason overhaul for the Celtics, who are also considering a trade for Paul George, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
The Jazz are the only team that can offer Hayward a five-year maximum contract, which would be worth around $172.3 million. No other franchise can offer more than a four-year contract in the $127.7 million range.
Hayward averaged 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 2016-17. He earned his first All-Star appearance as part of a Utah team that won 51 games and made it to the second round of the playoffs.
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The Celtics won 53 games before making it to the Eastern Conference Finals and losing in five games to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
While it appears Utah has a good thing going with a strong young core, Hayward nearly left the franchise once before. He signed a four-year offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets in July 2014, but the Jazz chose to match the deal.