Hayward Sr. said that if the Celtics had defeated the Cavaliers in the conference finals, his son would have been less interested. But it was clear watching them get pummeled by LeBron James that they needed help, and perhaps he could provide it.
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On the night of July 2, a 1-minute, 41-second video that showed Jazz supporters making heartfelt pleas to Hayward to return to Utah was posted on a Twitter page that had been created for this sole purpose. When Hayward Sr. saw the video the following morning, his eyes welled up. He sent it to his wife and to his 75-year-old mother. “They both texted me back: ‘We’re in tears. We’re in tears.’ ”
Even though Hayward is intimately familiar with Stevens’s style, seven years have passed since he last coached him. Hayward is a much better basketball player now, and as he sat with Stevens, it became more obvious that Stevens was a much better coach. “Gordon said to me, ‘Dad, it was impressive. It was amazing,’ ” the father said.
Andy Larsen: Gobert: “I found out on Twitter. I was kind of expecting it. But I was disappointed to see it on Twitter.”
Spencer Checketts: BREAKING: According to multiple sources, Gordon Hayward is expected to sign with Boston outright, and the Jazz will receive no compensation.
Robin Hayward: I’m excited to go on this adventure with this man! It’s bittersweet leaving where we’ve called home and grown our family, but I’m excited to see where this path takes us! We are so grateful for everything Utah has done for us! ❤️ Also, as for all the mean comments and threats. Don’t forget athletes are humans too. Treat others how you would like to be treated. It would never cross my mind to speak so negatively and so full of hate about oneself or their family.
The Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics are in ongoing talks over a sign-and-trade that involves Gordon Hayward getting a max contract and Jae Crowder coming to Utah, league sources told The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday.
League sources told The Tribune that Hayward and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, have agreed to help facilitate a sign-and-trade. Utah would sign Hayward to a new max deal, then send him to Boston in exchange for Crowder, who has just short of three years and $22 million remaining on his contract.
Scott Howard-Cooper: Lindsey said he has not talked to Hayward since the decision. Only texts. Unclear if Hayward is ducking or Jazz don’t want the conversation.
The Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics are in ongoing talks over a sign-and-trade that involves Gordon Hayward getting a max contract and Jae Crowder coming to Utah, league sources told The Tribune on Wednesday night.
That’s where the Jazz, with Hayward’s blessing, can help. Utah will sign Hayward to a new max deal, then send him to Boston in exchange for Crowder, who has $22 million remaining on a three-year contract. A deal would be a major boon for Utah, as it watches its star player exit. It would also greatly help the Jazz’s salary cap situation.
Because teams are allowed to go over the cap to sign their own players, a sign-and-trade with Boston would allow the Jazz to bring back up to about $30 million in contracts and trade exceptions.
Tony Jones: League source says Jazz and Celtics have been talking “throughout the day” on sign and trade possibilities concerning Jae Crowder
Tony Jones: Sources: Of the potential Celtics targets, Jazz prefer Crowder. Need a 3/4
The Jazz and Celtics discussed on Wednesday the possibility of including Crowder into a sign-and-trade agreement for Hayward, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski.
Ultimately, Hayward himself will have to agree to a sign-and-trade, which could be perceived as a farewell gift to the Jazz franchise that drafted and developed him into an NBA All-Star. Crowder had been publicly critical of the Celtics pursuit of Hayward during the 2016-’17 season, in part, perhaps, because he’d be the player most impacted by Hayward’s arrival.
Spencer Checketts: Jazz have gone quiet, but source tells me team is highly disappointed with the manner in which Hayward handle his exit. I’m told Jazz had as many as “three options” they were waiting to seriously explore yesterday (including Otto Potter) but were forced to wait on Hayward..
Spencer Checketts: Instead of pursuing said options, Jazz waited to hear back from Hayward and Mark Bartelstein as to what final decision would be. By the time Hayward’s blog was finally ready to be posted on Players Tribune, Jazz options had gone in different directions.
Spencer Checketts: At this juncture, Hayward and Bartelstein have the “ball in their court” re: sign and trade with Utah and Boston. Target for Utah in scenario is Jae Crowder. With everything Hayward and Bartelstein have done, making this happens is the least they can do.
Spencer Checketts: Source says Bartelstein brought idea to Stevens, who signed off and brought it to Ainge. No word from Danny. But GH/MB can make it happen.
Spencer Checketts: After their botched exit, it’s the least Bartelstein and Hayward can do. I’m told Otto Porter preferred Utah’s offer but had to move on.
The Utah Jazz are willing to engage in talks on a Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade deal with the Boston Celtics, league sources told the Tribune on Wednesday evening, on one condition: Hayward, who committed to signing with the Celtics on Tuesday, would have to agree and get the ball rolling.
Nonetheless, the agent said Hayward was “strongly leaning” toward Boston but was still undecided. The Celtics hadn’t heard from his camp at that point, either. “People can say now that that report was right. It was not,” Bartelstein said. “Anyone that says they knew Gordon knew what he was doing didn’t know. How could they know? Because he didn’t know.”
Boston surpassed Miami the following day after Hayward and his wife, Robyn, got the chance to spend time with Stevens, general manager Danny Ainge and the Celtics. “I think this is the spot,” Hayward told his agent during a phone call from the plane Sunday night. “I think this is the right place for me.” Added Bartelstein, “The whole Celtic mystique and tradition was really inspiring for him to be a part of that.”
Ryan McDonald: Jazz statements on Gordon Hayward
Adrian Wojnarowski: Isaiah Thomas on Gordon Hayward to ESPN: “The type of player we needed to get to the Finals. I’m excited and can’t wait to get to work.”
Utah Jazz All-Star free agent Gordon Hayward has agreed to a four-year, $128 million maximum contract to sign with the Boston Celtics, league sources told The Vertical. Hayward’s contract will have a player option in the fourth year, league sources told The Vertical.
With Gordon Hayward now agreeing to a four-year $127M max contract, Celtics management now has a series of transactions to do in order to create cap space. The Celtics would have to pull the qualifying offer on Kelly Olynyk, renounce free agents Jonas Jerebko, James Young, Gerald Green and waive the contracts of Jordan Mickey and Demetrius Jackson (or trade).
Gordon Hayward: This has been the toughest decision that I’ve ever had to make in my life. 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. But I wanted to make sure that I got this right.
When asked about a timetable as to when the 27-year-old All-Star would make a decision, Bartelstein said there is no definitive timeline at this moment. As far as the reports about his client agreeing to come to Boston, Bartelstein said it was something that clearly bothered Hayward. “He’s upset someone would report that,” Bartelstein said. “He’s trying to re-evaluate everything.”
Tony Jones: League source tells me “Gordon has changed his mind four times in the last four days”
Tony Jones: Source says “this has been the most difficult decision of Gordon’s life”
Ira Winderman: At Orlando summer league there was plenty of “hearing he’s leaning [this or that way] way” regarding Hayward. That’s different than done.
Hayward hasn’t yet informed the Jazz he has decided to sign with Boston, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Boston would now need a series of transactions to create cap space for Gordon Hayward. The Celtics would have to pull the qualifying offer on Kelly Olynyk, renounce free agents Jonas Jerebko, James Young, Gerald Green and waive the contracts of Jordan Mickey and Demetrius Jackson (or trade).
Sam Amick: Gordon Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, is indeed saying he hasn’t made decision yet. Meanwhile, Celtics celebrating his alleged decision.
A. Sherrod Blakely: League source confirms @Celtics will sign Gordon Hayward when the moratorium ends on July 6. The C’s get their man and …
David Locke: Really disappointing news for Jazz Nation. Gordon Hayward grew up with us and became a star under the tutelage of the Utah Jazz. Compounding the frustration is the Jazz did everything right over the last months to secure a contract from Gordon including consulting with him on moves. It feels as thought consciously or unconsciously Gordon has his mind made up in this process a long time ago. The quote from Sam Amick that he was torn makes me think the Jazz rocked his world in the last few weeks and made him reconsider.
Gordon Hayward has committed to sign with the Boston Celtics, sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes, choosing their offer over the Utah Jazz, his team since 2010, and the Miami Heat. Hayward will be reunited with Brad Stevens in Boston, who also coached him in college at Butler.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Gordon Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, tells ESPN: “Gordon hasn’t made a decision yet. We are still working through it.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Utah Jazz are still waiting to be told of Gordon Hayward’s intentions, league source tells ESPN. Hayward hasn’t told them his plans yet.
David Aldridge: Okay. Strap in. Told by a source w/knowledge of the process that Gordon Hayward has NOT made a decision yet & is still in the process. FWIW.
Mark Murphy: Source says that Hayward hasn’t notified Celtics yet.
Chris Haynes: Free-agent Gordon Hayward plans to sign with the Boston Celtics, league sources tell ESPN.
Isaiah Thomas: 👀
Ricky Rubio: 😔
Rich Levine: Cool last few IG follows for Gordon Hayward’s trainer.
ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported the Boston Celtics feel “really, really good” about their chances of landing top free agent Gordon Hayward. After meeting with the Celtics, Miami Heat and Utah Jazz, Hayward reportedly slept on his decision Monday night. He is expected to reveal his choice either Tuesday or Wednesday. “I will say this: I’m hearing Boston is feeling really good about their chances of getting him,” Haynes said on television. “I don’t know what that means, but I’ve been talking to people in Boston. They feel really, really good about their shot. So it’s going to be tough. He met with Utah in San Diego for over three hours last night. Ricky Rubio actually flew from Spain to go down there and be present in that meeting. So they’re laying it all out. And like I said, it would be really tough on the Jazz faithful if he were to bolt, knowing what the Jazz did to try putting themselves in position.”
Austin Horton: Not from Hayward (obviously) or the Jazz, but I’m told the decision will be between Utah & Boston, is expected to be announced tomorrow🤞
Rudy Gobert is killing it on Twitter. A day after he got NBA fans all riled up with just six emojis, the Jazz center was back on Twitter doing what he does best: Rejecting shots. Soccer superstar Antoine Griezmann, who also hails from France, tweeted out his support for Gordon Hayward signing with the Celtics.
For those of you who did not take French in high school, “Reste dans ton sport toi” translates to “Stay in your sport.” That’s what Google Translate says, at least.
Evan Fournier: MDRRRRRRR SAVAGE twitter.com/rudygobert27/s…
Alex Kennedy: This is part of the Celtics’ pitch to Gordon Hayward. Isaiah Thomas and Brad Stevens are there. pic.twitter.com/72bsuH5TZx (via @_chrisdurbin)
The top goal in trade remains Paul George, and it is important for the Celts to know how many players they will have to clear to make room for Hayward’s salary and if any of those people could be a part of a trade with Indiana.
Steve Bulpett: Celtics will give the qualifying offer to Olynyk. He would still likely be gone if the C’s reach agreement w/Hayward. They’d need the space.
Marc Stein: Reported here during the NBA Finals that the threat posed by Miami concerns Utah as much as Boston … but the Celts have ramped it up since
Mark Murphy: Celtics still trying to set date for Gordon Hayward’s free agent visit – likely either Sunday or Tuesday. He meets w/ Utah Monday, Heat Sat.
As for Hayward’s worth, Marcus Smart certainly offered a large endorsement on the first day of his youth camp at Brandeis. “He’s an awesome player,” the Celtics guard said of Hayward, who averaged 21.9 points for Utah this past season. “The dude, he understands the game very well, and, you know,” he added with a laugh, “I think it’s ’cause he had Brad (Stevens) as a coach (at Butler). “But, no, I’m kidding. No, the dude, he’s incredible. He’s a great player. He’s a great guy. I think I speak for a lot of guys in this league when I say that.”
A. Sherrod Blakely: The @Celtics haven’t nailed a date down to meet with Gordon Hayward yet, but the C’s will get to make their pitch says league source.
Albert Nahmad: Celtics don’t have enough cap room to offer Hayward full max right now. They’d need to make small bit of action, but it’s imminently doable.
Chris Forsberg: Recruiter Isaiah is the best Isaiah.
The Celtics’ pursuit of Paul George remains essentially as described in Sunday’s Herald, with the club hoping to parlay some of its assets into a trade for the Indiana All-Star while hoping to first reach agreement with free agent Gordon Hayward to make it all fit under the salary cap.
According to multiple sources, the Celts are willing to deal players and draft picks to the Pacers, while retaining the right to the most critical pieces of their future draft arsenal. George can be a free agent at the end of the 2017-18 season, and with Indiana having given no permission to explore whether he’d be amenable to staying beyond that, there is clearly risk involved that would have to be reflected in any trade offer.
Brian Windhorst: With seven years’ experience, Hayward’s best bet could be to seek out a three-year contract so he could become a free agent again when he’s got 10 years in and he can get the largest contract possible. Or, more likely, he could look for a four-year deal with an opt-out after three years. Over the next three seasons, the difference between Hayward signing in Utah and, say, Boston is less than $3 million. Gulp. This is why the Jazz are a little skittish.
The Boston Celtics are pursuing an aggressive summer plan of sequencing the signing of free agent Gordon Hayward and relinquishing the assets needed to complete a trade for Paul George, league sources told The Vertical. For salary-cap purposes, Boston wants a Hayward commitment before it can finalize a trade for George and secure the most dynamic free-agent coup in franchise history, league sources said.
For Boston, here’s the hitch: While Indiana believes Boston can offer the best possible package, the Pacers may be unwilling to wait until the start of July free agency on Boston’s timetable and could turn toward making a deal elsewhere for George, league sources told The Vertical.
Surely, the Celtics must be coming for Butler next, right? As of Sunday, the talk is based more on speculation than reality, a stance that at least three league executives the Tribune spoke to over the weekend don’t expect to change by Thursday. There is plenty of belief within the league and the Bulls organization that the Celtics are poised to use the No. 3 pick Thursday and then pursue Jazz All-Star Gordon Hayward in free agency come July.
Chris Forsberg: Well, looks like it’s 👀 season again.
Robyn Hayward, the wife of Utah Jazz All-Star Gordon Hayward, posted a completely innocent picture on Instagram of her and her daughter Bernie snuggling with one another. However, NBA fans noticed a potentially subliminal message in the photo as the two-year-old was wearing a green shirt with a shamrock on it that read “Go Green” on the back.
Marc Stein: Free Agency Scuttle: Volume is rising on the whispers that the team worrying Utah in Gordon Hayward’s free agency is Miami as much as Boston
Gordon Hayward will be a free agent this summer, and buzz regarding a reunion with Brad Stevens is starting to ramp up. According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics are “really focused on trying to get Gordon Hayward from Utah in free agency.” Wojnarowski added that he thinks Celtics general manager Danny Ainge will “go really hard after Hayward on July 1.”
The C’s have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and they also could sign another top free agent, similar to their approach last offseason when they drafted Jaylen Brown and signed Al Horford. But who would that free agent be? The Vertical’s Chris Mannix has a pretty good idea. “The next step for this team, that’s got to be Gordon Hayward,” Mannix said on CSNNE’s “Celtics Pregame Live.” “That is a guy who can help this team immediately. And that’s a guy I believe is Boston’s No. 1 target this summer.”
Virtually any team with cap space should pursue Hayward, but considering his desire to contend for a title, it’s difficult to pinpoint a situation better than the one he’s in now. The only realistic team with max cap space and a less treacherous road to the NBA Finals than the Jazz is the Celtics. Brad Stevens coached Gordon Hayward for two years at Butler and the two have a bond that extends back to Hayward’s high school days. There have been rumblings about the duo reuniting ever since Stevens took the Celtics job in 2013; if there’s one looming threat to Utah for Hayward, it’s Boston.
“Pins and needles. That’s why I’m saying. Let’s put it this way: if on day one next year it’s Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, and Isaiah Thomas, the Cavs will be like ‘okay, that’s going to be a challenge.’ If it’s Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford and Jimmy Butler, the Cavs might be out there saying ‘we may have to trade Kevin Love.'”
One NBA executive joked recently that it was a two-horse race as it pertains to Hayward’s future, suggesting he’d only meet with the Celtics and Jazz in free agency and if he makes an All-NBA team, then the decision gets easier.
Hayward is now in his seventh (and best) NBA season, all spent with the Jazz. When he did hit restricted free agency in 2014, it was Charlotte—not the Celtics—who made a max offer that was matched by Utah. And while rumors have persisted that the Celtics would somehow land Hayward, the Jazz have never had serious trade talks about dealing Hayward to Boston or anywhere else. To date, at least, the Hayward-to-Boston story has been more myth than reality. But the Celtics will have their best shot at him in the coming months, with Hayward hitting unrestricted free agency this summer and Boston easily able to clear enough cap room to make him a max offer.
The problem is that Utah, winners of 15 of their last 21 games, is in position to make the playoffs for the first time in six years and is just now cashing in on years of difficult rebuilding. They have no desire to let Hayward walk, and with the trading deadline still seven weeks away, they’ve not considered offers for Hayward. That could change. As one league source pointed out, “No one does things more quietly than Utah,” and the 2011 trade of Deron Williams to the Nets, which seemingly came out of the blue, is a good example of that.
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Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca said that Paul Pierce’s No. 34 will be retired this upcoming season. “It’s going to be fantastic,” Pagliuca said. “For our era, the most recent era, he embodied the Celtics’ leadership, the Celtics’ brand and was the MVP of the championship team. So it’s going to be fantastic to see that happen.”