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Expect the Celtics to make more moves after signing Gordon Hayward

Expect the Celtics to make more moves after signing Gordon Hayward Expect the Celtics to make more moves after signing Gordon Hayward
Johnnie Parks | 06 July, 2017, 19:43

Gordon Hayward is a Celtic, and Boston now is on the verge of becoming a legitimate contender.

Hayward, 27, has spent his entire National Basketball Association career with the Utah Jazz, but he played for Celtics head coach Brad Stevens at Butler University.

The current Boston core should have a three or four-year window to make a run at the Finals, and I like their chances...just maybe not for 2017 as now constructed.

Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN are reporting that the Utah Jazz are discussing the possibility of signing and trading Hayward.

In retrospect, it is clear that Hayward had likely made his decision when the first report came out, making it nearly cruel that his camp didn't simply confirm the rumors, but instead gave Jazz fans another few hours of false hope.

The Boston Globe and CSN New England reported that sources had confirmed the news and that Hayward agreed to a four-year, $127.8 million contract according to Sports Illustrated.

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According to Hayward, joining the Celtics gives him the opportunity to fulfill the goal that he and Stevens failed to do when they were at Butler - "to win a championship".

"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", Hayward wrote.

The team's top free agent target, Hayward visited Boston over the weekend as the Celtics tried to woo him. In 2015, LaMarcus Aldridge signed for San Antonio on the same date, while past year Kevin Durant announced his decision to play for Golden State on the fourth.

It would not be surprising for the Jazz to have been bitter, or even for the front office to remain quiet after Hayward left the team that made him the superstar that he is today.

Yes, fans were disappointed when Paul George was traded to OKC because he would have been a great fit with Hayward, but it still feels like Ainge can make a trade for a marquee big to help Horford get rebounds and stretch the defense if need be.

"My meetings with all three teams during this process - Miami, Boston and Utah - were just unbelievable". He was named to the All-Star team in all six of his seasons playing for Miami. Finding a franchise player at the end of the lottery is doable but not easy. But they also serve a greater objective on the Celtics' current roster as two-way guards who can help cover up point guard Isaiah Thomas' defensive ineptitude.

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