After close to two weeks of limbo, the Celtics come to an agreement with ex-Jazz forward Gordon Hayward.
The Boston Celtics officially signed forward Gordon Hayward on Friday, July 14th. After long speculation as to what the Celtics were going to do this off-season, and coming to an agreement with Hayward last week, Ainge and the Celtics made the official statement making Hayward the newest member of the boys and Green. The Celtics released Jordan Mickey, clearing up cap space for him. The parameters of the contract will be updated when known.
Hayward agreed to join the Celtics last week, deciding to leave the Utah Jazz. Hayward was named to his first All-Star team this past season, posting a career high in PPG (21.9) and RPG (5.4). He spent the last seven seasons in Utah, and is reuniting with his former college coach at Butler – Brad Stevens. Hayward made his announcement via The Players Tribune, even coming to the point of holding out posting it because he needed to proofread the article.
A guard who learned to play forward, he fits in the Brad Stevens philosophy of interchangeable players who can play in flex positions. In short, his play style and skill set is exactly what the Celtics were looking for.
“He’s a good fit. he can play one through four positions. “He’s hard nosed, and is a very unselfish player who is capable of taking over games,” explained Danny Ainge during the press conference on Friday.
Ainge elaborated on the close relationship that Hayward and head coach Brad Stevens had at Butler, and that the relationship was a contributing factor into why he felt Boston would be a good fit.
Hayward will instantly make the Celtics a threat to knock off the Cavaliers as the top team in the Eastern Conference. He will also wear number 20, Ray Allen’s former number.