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Cavs meeting with Hayward; Nets land coach

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POSTED July 2, 2014 11:30 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Gordon Hayward once named Cleveland his least favorite NBA city. He might have to change his mind.

Utah’s restricted free agent small forward has scheduled a meeting with the Cavaliers, who have turned their sights to improving their roster after getting All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to agree to a contract extension.

Hayward agreed Wednesday to meet with team officials, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Cavs are not commenting during the NBA’s 10-day free agency moratorium.

The Cavs have an interest in Hayward and wanted to bring the 24-year-old in for preliminary talks, said the person. Hayward averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds last season, his fourth with the Jazz, who selected the 6-foot-8 former Butler star with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 draft.

If the Cavs choose to sign Hayward to an offer sheet, under NBA rules the Jazz will have three days to match it. Utah has expressed a willingness to keep Hayward.

Last month, the Jazz extended a qualifying offer to Hayward, making him a restricted free agent and ensuring they would be able to have a chance to retain him. Hayward made 77 starts last season.



Nets reach agreement with Hollins to be coach

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets reached an agreement in principle Wednesday with Lionel Hollins to become their coach, moving quickly after the departure of Jason Kidd.

The Nets will introduce Hollins at a press conference Monday.

Hollins led Memphis to 56 victories and the 2013 Western Conference finals before he and the Grizzlies parted ways. The Nets considered him last year after firing P.J. Carlesimo before hiring Kidd.

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