After failing to acquire Paul George or Jimmy Butler this summer, the #Boston Celtics made their first major move this offseason. Last season, the Celtics were knocked off in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and it was obvious that they need more firepower to compete with the Cavs. The Celtics saw their opportunity this summer, as several All-star players were available on the market. After Paul George went to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Jimmy Butler was traded to the Timberwolves, the Celtics turned their focus to #Gordon Hayward. Hayward opted out of his final year of the contract with the Utah Jazz this summer, and became a free-agent.
There were many speculations about him maybe joining the Miami Heat or staying in Utah, but the Boston Celtics won that battle after all.
Hayward and Brad Stevens reunite
On Tuesday night, ESPN reported that Hayward finally made his decision and decided to join the Boston Celtics. Reportedly, the 6-foot-8 All-star forward will sign a four-year contract worth $128 million with a player option for the final year of the contract.
Hayward shared his decision in an article in The Players’ Tribune and stated that the Celtics head coach, Brad Stevens, was the biggest reason for him to join the Celtics. Stevens is Hayward’s former college coach as they were both at Butler.
Hayward and Stevens led Butler to the national championship game in Hayward’s second and final year at Butler. They lost the game narrowly and Hayward stated that he has some unfinished business with his former college coach.
Last season with the Jazz, Hayward averaged 21.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He is a good defender, solid rebounder and his three-point shooting has improved over the years. Last season he shot 39% from behind the arc.