Don't leave out New York in the Hayward chase. I think Thomas is more
likely to keep Hayward away than attract him. In Utah Hayward is NO. 1 elsewhere
2 or 3. This and what wife says is going to decide the issue. Money from
endorsements in either New York or Boston will make up any short fall in the
money. I like Hill but the Jazz already have two better point
Do we know how interested in cultural entertainment Gordon Hayward actually
Hubble: Amazing that you are inside Hayward's head so you know exactly what
he wants. Or are you projecting your own mindset onto him because that is what
you would do?
Reasons for Gordon to go to Boston:1) Easier road to championship
game in Eastern Conference. 2) Isaiah Thomas at PG. 3) Good young core
roster. 4) Will have #1 pick in draft next month. 5) Can play for excellent
former college coach, who got Celtics unexpectedly to #1 slot in East this year.
6) Cultural and entertainment opportunities in Boston exceed those in Utah.Reasons for him to stay in SLC:1) Availability of longer
contract and more money. 2) Roster core as good as Celtics'. 3) Better,
stronger front line, anchored by Rudy. 4) Deeper bench. 5) Comparably
excellent coach. Maybe better.Emotional reason to stay: Jazz
drafted and developed him for seven years. Jazz have never won a championship;
Boston has several. He owes it to team to stay and help them win one. (I know,
I know -- emotional reasons don't count).Wife will have a say
in this decision. Anybody know her feelings?Finally: I take (some)
hope from George Hill's comments, quoted in this article.
Money is money and when you are talking tens of millions to hundreds of
millions, it doesn't matter. Hayward seems to have a good head on his
shoulder, handling his money and I firmly believe he wants to be in an
organization that is committed not just to winning, but winning it all. He wants
a title and that is not going to happen in Utah, period. So truly the waiting
for Hayward is to see what competitive, NBA Title contending team wants and
This offseason will prove to be either a 5 year climb or decline depending on
how it goes. I have thought all year if we dont atleast make the 2nd round
Hayward leaves. I feel the team did enough to keep him, either way I have loved
watching Hayward progress thru the years. I remember him playing in the final
four with Butler before we drafted him, thinking...wow this guy is gonna be
good. I would love to ser Hill back too, aside from injuries this year, I think
next year he will miss less and play even better. If the Jazz show up with
Hayward, Hill, Ingles, and one offseason addition next season....sky's the
limit for this team.
Hayward is a really good player, and we would love to have him in Philly if you
can't keep him with the Jazz. We need someone who can space the floor and
knock down 3s for Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, someone who also runs the court
well and is a plus defender.We may have that player in Robert
Covington, who is a ++ defender and a streaky 3-point shooter, who consistently
works so hard his shooting seems to suffer later in games as his legs tire.
Hayward might help him develop the pacing and consistency to become truly great.