NBA Free Agency Recap: Hayward signs with the Celtics, Durant returns to the Warriors

The big name free agents have finally fallen. It was going to be another hectic free agency Fourth of July as Gordon Hayward was expected to announce his decision on where to play next season. He ha a meeting with Utah before visiting Miami and Boston.

It took some time but Hayward finally decided playing for Beantown as first reported by Chris Haynes of ESPN.

Shams Charania of The Vertical confirmed the report with details of Hayward’s contract.

Hayward announced his decision in an article in the Player’s Tribune thanking Utah fans for their support in his seven years with the team.

This move reunites Hayward and his college coach Brad Stevens. The two were a shot away from winning the NCAA Championship in Butler. Hayward joins a loaded team led by Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford. His smooth game and high basketball IQ fits perfectly in the Celtics system.

Another big signing over the past few days was Kevin Durant.

There was little doubt that Durant would leave the Bay Area this offseason especially after winning a championship with the Warriors. What was surprising was the money that he signed for. Durant took a pay cut of approximately $9 million per year to return to Golden State.

This pay cut was the biggest reason why the Warriors were able to bring back Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala. Durant continues to help the Warriors as his new contract ensured that the core of the team remained intact.

The Sacramento Kings continue to have a solid offseason. Coming from a draft where they added a lot of promising young players to their roster, the Kings pivoted in free agency and brought in veteran mentors for their rookies.

Sacramento signed George Hill and Zach Randolph to multi-year contracts.

These two players not only bring playoff experience to the young team. They’re also productive players that can help the Kings move towards a winning culture.

The other key signings in the past few days included Darren Collison filling in the point guard slot for the Indiana Pacers.

Mike Scott moved away from the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks to a Playoff Team in the Wizards.

The Golden State Warriors added another piece to their roster by signing Omri Casspi.

Still in the works are deals that will sign Danilo Gallinari in the LA Clippers and Otto Porter in the Brooklyn Nets.

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