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Celtics Road To Landing Hayward Revealed

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Boston Celtics Road To Landing Hayward Revealed By His Father Gordon Hayward Sr.

How did the Boston Celtics land free agent Gordon Hayward? Thanks to several reports the path to land Hayward has been revealed.

“His text said, ‘I hope all is well. We’re really looking forward to having Gordon come visit,’ ” Gordon Hayward Sr. told the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach.

After the text from Brad Stevens, Hayward saw his son have meetings with the Heat, Celtics, and Jazz in a three-day window. According to his dad after the meeting in Boston, he and his son chatted about his meeting with the Boston Celtics.

“Gordon said to me, ‘Dad, it was impressive. It was amazing,’ ” his dad told the Globe.

According to his father, he talked about how Coach Stevens showed him how he would fit into the Celtics gameplans and another important takeaway was how Boston let the players bring their wives and families with them on road trips.

The Utah Jazz did have the ability to one up the Celtics with the Salt Lake Tribune detailing that adventure.

Team owners Gail and Greg Miller, team president Steve Starks, general manager Lindsey, coach Quin Snyder and assistant coach Johnnie Bryant came. Along with them was Jazz teammates Rudy Gobert, Rodney Hood, Joe Ingles, and Ricky Rubio. Part of the Jazz pitch was how they claimed Gobert was better statistically than any player on the Celtics, along with how they want to keep their core together for years to come and with his help be a 60-win team next season.

Also according to the Tribune, the Jazz was open to Hayward structuring his max contract however way he wanted.

When Hayward ultimately picked Boston, an early leak had derailed his PR attempt to smooth things over in Utah.

“Clearly, this wasn’t the way he wanted it to go down,” Hayward Sr. said of the social media frenzy on that day, with conflicting reports galore. “That’s the unfortunate thing, is that it wasn’t his intention. He just wanted to be the one to tell everybody.”

Despite the intent to make a clean exit, things didn’t go down that way. And Hayward Sr. understands why the fans were mad at his son

“I mean, I grew up in Indiana, and I’m not saying Gordon is Reggie Miller, but if Reggie Miller had left in the middle of his career, that would have been really sad to me,” Hayward Sr. told the Globe. “So, it’s really tough. It’s a tough situation. But is he supposed to stay in Utah just so he just doesn’t disappoint others?

“It is tough on him. I know it’s hard on him. I know his decision hurt some people, but, you know, the burning of his jerseys, that’s hurtful, too.”

 

Even with the Celtics pitch landing Hayward, just looking at the layout of the NBA would make a player want to jump to the East.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Celtics Loss To Cavs Meaningless For The Moment

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The Boston Celtics were handed a blowout loss at home on Sunday at the Garden by LeBron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sunday’s blowout was drowned out by Paul Pierce‘s #34 being raised into the rafters post-game, but even 24 hours later the loss’s long-term impact is still very unclear. Reason for the lack of clarity is that the Cavaliers showcased their brand new lineup on Sunday with no real gameplan other than playing basketball and running the ball through James. For the Celtics, they had no idea how to prepare for this Cavs team with no video available to prepare for the game.

With no video, Brad Stevens and company was delegated to shooting off the hip and having his squad ill-prepared for a highly important Sunday game. Of course, the team’s lack of preparation is troubling from a big picture perspective. But in the moment it is hard to blame though.

Boston’s lack of competitiveness in this particular game can be attributed to seeing essentially a new team for the first time. There play over the last couple of weeks has been highly troubling. Boston had a barn burner of a month in December but since then they have looked out of sync and seem to be playing less than 100%.

The best Boston has looked in 2018 came when the team as a whole stepped up in the absence of Kyrie Irving for a few games in January. But the team hasn’t played a full game which is something that Al Horford admitted after Sunday’s loss.

Coach Stevens made a comment earlier in the season about not stepping off the gas at this particular point in the season. But it appears the team hasn’t heeded his warning as they look at rebound and get back on the right track.

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Who Is The More Iconic #34 In Boston? David Ortiz Or Paul Pierce?

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A player who donned the number 34 jersey is having his number retired in his honor on Sunday. The player happens to be Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce who wore the number during his Celtics tenure. But Pierce played much of his carrer in Boston, a town that happens to have another player with the number 34 that was also retired.

The other player is former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz whose number 34 jersey was retired by Boston this past season.

So while both are legendary in their own rights with potential hall of fame careers, who is the more iconic? When I say the number 34 who do you think of?

Well, the tale of the tape might be simple. Ortiz led the Red Sox to 3 World Series titles and helped the franchise win its first title in 86 seasons. Pierce, on the other hand, holds one NBA title to his name with it coming back in 2008 when his Celtics team brought home the franchises 17th NBA Championship.

But looking at it in a simple numbers to numbers perspective simply isn’t fair to either player. Basketball and baseball are two completely different sports. Both are legends in Boston and their meaning to the city and the fans hold a lasting impact. For that reason I leave it up to you, the readers to determine who is the more iconic #34. Ortiz or Pierce?

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Boston Celtics Trade Talk Quiet At The Moment As Former Players Move Around

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Ahead of the NBA trade deadline the Boston Celtics have remained relatively quiet from all accounts. Of course Danny Ainge is doing his due diligence by looking into every possible avenue, but for now, Boston is staying put according to a report by Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

Just because the Celtics are being quiet doesn’t mean players with connections to the team aren’t moving around.

Earlier on Thursday Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder who were traded this offseason were both traded out of Cleveland to the Los Angeles Lakers. Another name connected to Boston is former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins who is now a favorite to land into one of Clevland’s open roster spots according to reports.

In the Eastern Conference, the only team with playoff hopes to really shake up their rosters was Cleveland. Washington, Milwaukee, and Toronto all stayed relatively quiet.

Boston’s deal with Greg Monroe is expected to be official shortly with the team also expected to be “highly” active in the buyout market.

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