Free agent forward Gordon Hayward has agreed to sign a four-year, $128 million deal to join the Boston Celtics.
Hayward made the announcement in The Players’ Tribune after his agent denied an earlier report that Hayward was headed to Boston.
This was a life-changing decision for me and my family, and something we took really seriously. And from the very start of this process, one thing stood out as important: I knew that I wanted the fans and the organizations to hear my decision directly from me.
After seven years in Utah, I have decided to join the Boston Celtics.
I know that will be tough to hear for Jazz fans — and I really want you all to know that you mean the world to me and my family. Over the past few days, I’ve been genuinely torn. And I know that this process isn’t easy on the fans, either. So I just want to be as straight-up as possible about why I’m coming to Boston.
ESPN reported Hayward was planning to join the Celtics — which is when Hayward’s agent, Mark Barteslstein, issued a statement that the report was inaccurate and that his client was still thinking it over.
Hayward, however, announced he is indeed leaving the Utah Jazz to join his old college coach Brad Stevens in Boston.
With Hayward no longer in the picture, the Jazz are expected to target restricted free agent small forward Otto Porter of the Washington Wizards, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
I admire the passion of Jazz fans and of everything they did to try to convince Hayward to stay, including the #stayward signs and video.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) July 5, 2017