City, franchise help sell Gordon Hayward on Celtics

Paola Ditto
Luglio 17, 2017

Following an announcement day that brought a lot of chaos, Gordon Hayward is officially a Celtic.

Among the big losers in summer free agency are the Utah Jazz.

Danny Ainge said the team was still working to finalize the rest of its roster and would explore additional moves.

Originally selected with the ninth overall pick of the 2010 draft by Utah, Hayward, 27, has posted career averages of 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.02 steals and 31.3 minutes in 516 games played over seven seasons with the Jazz.

"We get to Boston, it's late at night and my wife and I are greeted at the terminal by Brad (Stevens, the C's coach and Hayward's former mentor at Butler) and coach Shrews (Micah Shrewsberry), and it's immediate familiarity and comfort".

"That unfinished business we had together, back in 2010, when I left Butler for the NBA", Hayward wrote.

The Celtics didn't enter the summer with enough cap space to sign Hayward to a contract that will feature a $29.7 million first-year salary. Later that day Hayward would release a long article that he had chosen to sign with the Celtics, creating a lot of opinions that he had his agent string along the Jazz so he could finish writing the piece. I'm not a huge baseball guy, but the fact that we were able to go into Fenway which is just a legendary ballpark and they had the really cool video. They pushed Butler to new heights, developed into National Basketball Association forces, and then reunited here, in Boston, for the winningest franchise ever. "We're going to show people that we're a good team". When I heard from his agent (Mark Bartelstein) that that wasn't true, that he had not made a decision, I went, 'Oh, no. "He's a very unselfish player that's multi-faceted, multi-positional and fits in great with what we're trying to do". "He could fit with any team. He's a hard-nosed and very unselfish player that is capable of taking over stretches of games". "So I couldn't be more excited with the guys that we have on the team, and I'm ready to get to practice already and start learning and competing with these guys".

"You can not be mad at somebody for wanting to play for another team", Gobert told ESPN while watching the Jazz's summer league team in Las Vegas. "But I completely can understand the disappointment for sure".

Thats why it didn't matter that Hayward and Stevens had rarely seen each other over the last few years, living separate lives in different parts of the country.

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