Utah Jazz won't rebuild and plan to compete after losing Gordon Hayward

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2017

In a move that shocked and upset his former teammates, Allen left the Celtics after that season to join forces with LeBron and help the Heat win a second National Basketball Association championship in 2013, taking far less money in Miami than what Boston had offered him. "We look at him, and he's a top-10 player and unique defender".

Celtics fans initially had to table their excitement when news broke that Gordon Hayward was heading to Boston.

Assuming Hayward stays with the Celtics long-term, he won't have to worry about changing that number.

"I was literally on the phone with mark when the story broke online, and I'm looking at my phone, I'm getting blown up saying I've made a decision to become a Boston Celtic, and as everybody knows, it was all over the internet". "He's going to help me". This puts Utah more in line with the Thunder than the Heat, as Gobert will hope to keep the Jazz competitive despite the departure of Gordon Hayward.

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Meeting with reporters Friday at the team practice's facility, Ainge detailed how assistant general manager Mike Zarren traveled from Las Vegas to San Diego to have Hayward sign his deal on Friday morning, formalizing what Hayward announced on The Players' Tribune on July 4. And I'm not a huge baseball guy, but the fact that we were able to go into Fenway (on July 2), which is obviously a legendary ballpark and, you know, they had the really cool video. "We're going to show people that we're a good team". In the meantime, Hayward's camp said that he had not reached a decision.

"We get to Boston, it's late at night and my wife and I are greeted at the terminal by Brad (Stevens, the C's coach and Hayward's former mentor at Butler) and coach Shrews (Micah Shrewsberry), and it's immediate familiarity and comfort". "He's a very unselfish player that's multi-faceted, multi-positional and fits in great with what we're trying to do". He can defend multiple positions. "That's our goal. That's something that I'm working right now so I can be a better player to help the Boston Celtics get that accomplished. So we wanted to build a team around his talents."... "I think there is a lot of work for us to do, but it is what we're striving for and I couldn't be more excited about that". I think Marcus is another versatile player that brings an element of toughness to our team that we're very excited about.

"The seven years that I've spent in Utah have been some of the best moments of my life", Hayward said.

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