Moves that could affect Gordon Hayward’s decision: Paul George traded to Thunder, Ricky Rubio traded to Jazz

Paul George #13 and Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers react in the second half of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 23, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 106-102 to sweep the series 4-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

ORLANDO — As Gordon Hayward waits to begin his free-agent tour with a Saturday meeting with the Heat, the rest of the NBA is making moves. And one transaction in particular could play a part in the Hayward sweepstakes.

The Pacers have reportedly agreed to trade All-Star forward Paul George to the Thunder for guard Victor Oladipo and big man Domantas Sabonis. But the name that could impact Hayward’s free-agent decision is Paul George.

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With George heading to Oklahoma City, it prevents the Celtics from offering the possibility of pairing Hayward with George. Boston was one of the teams reportedly interested in trading for the former Pacers star.

This should work in the Heat’s favor, but Boston can still offer a roster that advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals last season and features his college coach Brad Stevens as its head coach.

After Saturday’s meeting with the Heat, Hayward will meet with the Celtics and then the Jazz on Monday. Miami, Boston and Utah are currently the three teams in the race for the 6-foot-8 forward.

Heat center Hassan Whiteside has been recruiting Hayward and is expected to attend Saturday’s meeting with Hayward, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype. That’s a good thing for Miami, which didn’t have a player at its free-agent meeting with Kevin Durant last summer.

The Jazz made a move themselves Friday they hope will impress Hayward. Utah acquired point guard Ricky Rubio in a trade with the Timberwolves, as Rubio will basically take free agent George Hill’s spot.

Meanwhile, the Heat’s front office has been quiet so far as they wait to meet with Hayward. At this point, Hayward is one of the only big-name free agents available this year as Blake Griffin reportedly is returning to the Clippers for a max deal of five years and $173 million.

Miami is expected to have about $35 million in cap space this summer once Chris Bosh’s contract is removed from its books. That’s enough to fit Hayward’s projected $29.7 million max salary for the 2017-18 season under the cap.

After Saturday’s meeting with Hayward, the Heat should have a better idea of how to handle their own free agents like James Johnson and Dion Waiters. The question is, will Johnson and Waiters wait for Miami to figure out the Hayward situation?

Well, it helps Miami that Johnson and Hayward share the same agent in Mark Bartelstein. But it could be tougher to convince Waiters to take a patient approach.

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