Gordon Hayward selects the Boston Celtics


Gordon Hayward elected to play with the Boston Celtics in the coming years. On the fourth of July, Howard announced he picked the Celtics over Jazz and Heat.

Hayward was drafted by the Jazz in 2010 and played for seven years in Utah. His numbers are rising from 5.4 points per game in his rookie year to 21.9 points per game last season. Hayward is one of the most prized free agents this season.

The Celtics and Hayward have agreed to a four-year, $128 million deal, according to reports. Included in the deal is a player option for the final year which will pave the way for Hayward to be back in free agency that could make him more money.

Here are some of the words of Hayward written in The Players Tribune:

My meetings with all three teams during this process — Miami, Boston and Utah — were just unbelievable. They couldn’t have been more impressive. Each meeting left me convinced that the team I’d just met with was the right fit. And even after I slept on it last night, while I was leaning heavily in one direction … I still wasn’t 100-percent convinced about what I wanted to do.

What’s crazy is — before I even had a chance to make my decision, before I had a chance to sit down and write this, and before I even had a chance to talk about it with the people I love — I was already reading reports about where I was going. And I guess that’s just the way things work, in 2017. But I’m sorry it had to work out like that.

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.

With the presence of Hayward in Celtics, the power rankings in the Eastern Conference might have changed. Though the Cavaliers remain on top of the list because of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, the troika of Thomas, Hayward and Avery Bradley has put the Celtics in a strong No. 2, arguably No. 1.