Gordon Hayward signs with Boston Celtics over Jazz, Heat
Gordon Hayward, an all-star forward in the NBA, has a new home -- Boston.
After a day of confusion as to where he would end up, Hayward ultimately chose the Celtics.
“After seven years in Utah, I have decided to join the Boston Celtics,” Hayward wrote in a blog posted by The Players’ Tribune, a sports website.
Hayward said it was the toughest decision he’s ever had to make.
“This weekend has probably been the longest weekend of my life. And today…well, today has definitely been one of the craziest days of my life,” he wrote. “But I wanted to make sure that I got this right.”
Hayward said he met with three teams during the holiday weekend, including the Celtics, the Miami Heat, as well as his current team, the Utah Jazz.
“My meetings with all three teams during this process -- Miami, Boston and Utah -- were just unbelievable,” he wrote. “They couldn’t have been more impressive. Each meeting left me convinced that the team I’d just met with was the right fit. And even after I slept on it last night, while I was leaning heavily in one direction…I still wasn’t 100-percent convinced about what I wanted to do.”
But he ultimately decided to sign with Boston.
“There were so many great things pulling me in that direction,” wrote Hayward, who played his college ball at Butler University, where he was coached by current Celtics head coach, Brad Stevens. “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.”
He continued,“And that unfinished business we had together, back in 2010, when I left Butler for the NBA…as far as I’m concerned, all of these years later, we still have it: And that’s to win a championship