NBA All-Star free agent Gordon Hayward announced his decision to join and play with the Boston Celtics, leaving the Utah Jazz behind.
“After seven years in Utah, I have decided to join the Boston Celtics,” Hayward said in the post in The Players’ Tribune titled “Thank You, Utah.”
According to the reports and to the person who knows the situation, Hayward already agreed to a four-year contract worth $128 million deal that includes a player option on the fourth year.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Hayward also cited the things that attract him to come to Boston.
“There were so many great things pulling me in that direction. There was the winning culture of Boston, as a city — from the Sox, to the Pats, to the Bruins. There was the special history of the Celtics, as a franchise — from Russell, to Bird, to Pierce, and it goes on. There was the amazing potential of this current Celtics roster, as a team — from ownership, to the front office, to a talented roster with Isaiah, and Al, and everyone else. And of course, there was Coach Stevens: Not just for the relationship that we’ve built off the court — but also for the one that we started building on the court, all of those years ago, in Indiana.” Hayward wrote
The 27-year-old small forward was an All-Star this past season and he spent seven NBA season with the Jazz. In addition, Hayward was the No.9 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft out of Butler University, where he played for Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
Hayward averaged 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in his last season with the Jazz and he addressed that joining the Celtics would give him the opportunity to win a championship that he and Stevens failed to do when they were in Butler.
With his decision, Hayward is set to team up with All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Al Horford and No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft Jayson Tatum.
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