Ainge family in public tug-of-war over Hayward

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The Heat will get the first crack at luring Gordon Hayward away in free agency on Saturday, a source told ESPN. Hayward also plans to meet with the Celtics and the Jazz, sources said.

As the Boston Celtics and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge await their chance to make a pitch to Hayward at the start of free agency Saturday, Ainge’s son, Tanner, running for Congress in Utah, has repeatedly expressed a desire for Hayward to stay with the Jazz.

Late Wednesday night, Tanner Ainge tweeted at Hayward with a link to a news story about how Massachusetts is considering a “millionaire’s tax” that could eventually elevate the tax burden for high earners.

@gordonhayward: something to consider over next few days… #takenote

— Tanner Ainge (@tannerainge) June 29, 2017

The Celtics are in position to offer Hayward a four-year, $127 million contract. Hayward is expected to also visit with the Miami Heat. Florida does not have a state income tax.

During an appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub last week, Danny Ainge, who has publicly supported his son’s political ventures, laughed off how the Hayward pursuit could divide the family.

“You know what, Tanner’s got five kids, a couple little boys, and some days I see them wearing Isaiah Thomas T-shirts, some days I see them wearing Gordon Hayward jerseys, and some days it’s Dante Exum jerseys,” he told the Toucher and Rich program. “They’re big Jazz fans and they live in that neck of the woods. I get all that.”

Tanner Ainge previously made light of Hayward being a hot topic for him among voters that engaged him on social media. On May 22 he tweeted:

Campaign is about economic growth, innovation, fiscal responsibility…but twitter only talking about Gordon Hayward 😂@SpencerJCox

— Tanner Ainge (@tannerainge) May 22, 2017

Earlier this month, when asked by the Deseret News about the Hayward tug-of-war, Tanner Ainge said: “Unfortunately, I’m not sure I have a lot of influence there. Ultimately, Gordon is going to make the decision. I hope he stays.”

Another of Danny Ainge’s sons, Austin, works in Boston’s front office as the director of player personnel.

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