The 2017 NBA offseason brought with it one of the most difficult decisions of Gordon Hayward’s life, and after several days of thinking, G decided to head to Boston and join the Celtics.

He announced as much in a post to The Players Tribune, citing his longstanding relationship with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, who recruited and coached Gordon at Butler University, as a motivating factor for his move.

There were so many great things pulling me in that direction. There was the winning culture of Boston, as a city — from the Sox, to the Pats, to the Bruins. There was the special history of the Celtics, as a franchise — from Russell, to Bird, to Pierce, and it goes on. There was the amazing potential of this current Celtics team — from ownership, to the front office, to a talented roster with Isaiah, and Al, and everyone else. And of course, there was Coach Stevens: Not just for the relationship that we’ve built off the court — but also for the one that we started building on the court, all of those years ago, in Indiana.

And that unfinished business we had together, back in 2010, when I left Butler for the NBA … as far as I’m concerned, all of these years later, we still have it:

And that’s to win a championship.


Some of Gordon’s new teammates in Boston were thrilled at the news

Of course, in choosing to go to Boston, Gordon leaves behind the only NBA team he’s ever known in the Utah Jazz. Over a seven-year career in Utah, Gordon saw the best and worst of the league. From playoff contending as a young player still trying to find his way in the NBA, to growing as a player while his team struggled, to an All-Star who played a large part in getting the Jazz franchise back into contention.

G won’t soon forget what Utah meant to his growth as a player and a person and the Jazz thanked him for all that he did with the franchise.