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Danny Ainge's Son Tanner Tweets to Convince Gordon Hayward to Re-Sign with Jazz

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2017

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) drives as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) defends in the first half during Game 4 of the NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, May 8, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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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/bqyEtXvnKO

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.

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.

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