Timeline: Gordon Hayward's 4th of July free agency rollercoaster
It appeared Gordon Hayward had made a decision Tuesday about where he would be playing next season. However, as the news started to come in that Hayward was heading to the Boston Celtics, more reports started to come in that the All-Star forward had actually not decided on where he was headed. After allowing the circus to die down a bit, Hayward announced he was going to Boston.
The Hayward saga has been captivating Twitter throughout the day, given the volume of reports and his status as the biggest free agent left on the board. Let’s run through how the Hayward news broke throughout the day.
It all started with who was following whom on Instagram.
Then, the idea of Hayward heading to Boston started to seem like a reality.
Free-agent Gordon Hayward plans to sign with the Boston Celtics, league sources tell ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 4, 2017
👀— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) July 4, 2017
And then it didn't.
The Utah Jazz are still waiting to be told of Gordon Hayward's intentions, league source tells ESPN. Hayward hasn't told them his plans yet.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 4, 2017
But not everybody got the message.
😔— Ricky Rubio (@rickyrubio9) July 4, 2017
Soon enough however, more people started to report that Hayward to the Celtics was not a done deal just yet. His agent went on the record saying so. It was cloudy.
Okay. Strap in. Told by a source w/knowledge of the process that Gordon Hayward has NOT made a decision yet & is still in the process. FWIW.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 4, 2017
Gordon Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein, tells ESPN: "Gordon hasn't made a decision yet. We are still working through it."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 4, 2017
Gordon Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein, is indeed saying he hasn't made decision yet. Meanwhile, Celtics celebrating his alleged decision.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 4, 2017
Among the Celtics who celebrated the "decision" was point guard Isaiah Thomas.
But that celebration was indeed premature, as more information started to come out of Utah.
We trust Gordon and his agent that no decision has been made. Good communication all day and a great relationship.— Steve Starks (@StevenStarks) July 4, 2017
League source tells me "Gordon has changed his mind four times in the last four days"— Tony Jones (@tribjazz) July 4, 2017
Some were not pleased with how the drama was unfolding.
Fellow NBA free agents are annoyed by this Gordon Hayward mess. They've been waiting on the GH domino to fall, and now it's being drawn out.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 4, 2017
But as the day turned to night, Hayward finally spoke up.
Then the contract details came in.
Along with the next move for Boston.
Boston has renounced restricted free agent Kelly Olynyk, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 5, 2017
The disappointment from Jazz fans.
Utah's new free agent target.
Sources: The Jazz plan to make Wizards restricted free agent Otto Porter a priority after losing Gordon Hayward.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 5, 2017
And the reactions to the news becoming official.
So Gordon Hayward was conflicted and wrestling with the decision, yet he managed to own a 2100 word column on it. Legendary deadline writer.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) July 5, 2017
Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey wishes Hayward family "the very best," and tells ESPN: "We have a good young core and we are going to compete."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 5, 2017
In 2015 it was LaMarcus Aldridge who made his decision on the Fourth of July. Last year it was Kevin Durant. Which free agent will takeover the Independence Day news cycle next year? There's a long list of All-Stars and future Hall of Famers who will be on the market next off-season and a year to speculate.