AP Source: Free agent Hayward to meet with Cavs

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

CLEVELAND -- 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.

The Cavs have an interest in Hayward and wanted to bring the 24-year-old in for preliminary talks. 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.

In February, Hayward was asked by jazzfanatical.com to name his favorite and least favorite NBA cities. He picked Miami and Phoenix as his preferred spots because of the warmth and son.

At the other end?

"Cleveland to me is like Gotham City. It's, like, so dreary, and just, I don't know, and then ever since LeBron left, I mean, the fans, they're starting to pick up a little bit more, but I remember my rookie year, there was hardly anybody there."

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