Gordon Hayward announces he’s picked Celtics over Jazz, Heat

Gordon Hayward has announced he’s going to play for a Celtics, selecting Boston’s offer over those from a Utah Jazz, his group given 2010, and a Miami Heat.


Hayward has concluded to pointer a max understanding with a Celtics, according to sources, value $127 million over 4 years.

He common his preference in an essay on The Players’ Tribune patrician “Thank You Utah“.

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  • The 27-year-old brazen will be reuniting with his former college coach, Brad Stevens, who has been with a Celtics given a 2013-14 season.

    In his second and final year during Butler, Hayward led a group to a inhabitant championship game, one that a Bulldogs mislaid as Hayward’s buzzer-beating 3-point try unsuccessful to go in.

    “And that unprepared business we had together, behind in 2010, when we left Butler for a NBA,” Hayward said, addressing Stevens in his article, “… as distant as I’m concerned, all of these years later, we still have it:

    “And that’s to win a championship.”

    In a article, Hayward also addressed reports from progressing in a day Tuesday that settled that he was headed to Boston.

    “What’s crazy is — before we even had a possibility to make my decision, before we had a possibility to lay down and write this, and before we even had a possibility to speak about it with a people we adore — we was already reading reports about where we was going,” Hayward said. “And we theory that’s only a approach things work, in 2017. But I’m contemptible it had to work out like that.”

    With Hayward now similar to a max contract, Celtics government has a array of exchange to harmonise in sequence to emanate a required income top space. Boston has already pulled a subordinate offer on Kelly Olynyk, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, creation Olynyk an unlimited giveaway agent.

    Boston contingency still forgo giveaway agents Jonas Jerebko, James Young, Gerald Green and relinquish a contracts of Jordan Mickey and Demetrius Jackson (or trade). The Celtics would be left with $27.6 million in top room and expected need to pierce a agreement of Jae Crowder, Terry Rozier or Marcus Smart. Trading Rozier would have a Celtics brief $1 million of a max income a lot.

    Utah now contingency focus to fill a hole left by Hayward. The Jazz will now make Washington Wizards singular giveaway representative tiny brazen Otto Porter Jr. their priority, sources told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. The Wizards have indicated that they intend to practice their right to compare an offer to Porter.

    The Jazz will accommodate with Porter on Wednesday and wish to remonstrate a Wizards to concur in a sign-and-trade deal, according to sources.

    Utah ubiquitous manager Dennis Lindsey told ESPN’s Wojnarowski that he wishes a Hayward family “the really best,” and pronounced a group is now looking to a future.

    “We have a good immature core and we are going to compete,” Lindsey told Wojnarowski.

    Hayward’s preference is a second uninterrupted Fourth of Jul that a high-profile giveaway representative would switch teams in giveaway agency. Last year, Kevin Durant announced that he was withdrawal a Oklahoma City Thunder for a Golden State Warriors.

    It also outlines a a second true summer that a Celtics have successfully recruited a desired actor on a free-agent market. Last year, Al Horford sealed with Boston.

    Hayward has usually grown into a franchise-caliber actor given a Jazz comparison him with a ninth altogether collect of a 2010 draft. He has softened his scoring normal any year, commanding out during 21.9 points per diversion final season, when Hayward done his initial All-Star coming and led 51-31 Utah to a initial playoff coming given 2012.

    He has also averaged a career high in rebounds (5.4 per game) final season, dished out 3.5 assists per diversion and shot 47.1 percent from a floor, his top symbol given his rookie season, when he had a singular role.

    Information from ESPN’s Chris Haynes and Bobby Marks was used in this report.


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