Chris Mannix on K&C: Gordon Hayward worth 7 wins for Celtics
Chris Mannix of The Vertical joined Kirk & Callahan with Gary Tanguay and Jon Meterparel filling in to discuss the Celtics getting Gordon Hayward and other NBA free agent matters. To listen to the complete interview, visit the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.
Hayward agreed to sign with the Celtics on July 4, and Mannix loves the player for the team. He reportedly will sign a four-year deal worth $128 million.
“Hayward is worth every nickel of that contract,” Mannix said. “He’s an All-Star. He’s in his prime. He is getting a four-year deal, which really is only three because he’s most likely going to opt out after the third year to get to that next level contract. He’s worth it. He’s going to make the Celtics significantly better. I would conservatively say that Gordon Hayward is worth seven wins and that puts them to a 60-win team. I can absolutely see that if everyone stays healthy.”
July 4 was a crazy day with reports of Hayward agreeing to sign with the Celtics in the afternoon, but then his agent saying he hadn’t. Then hours later came the Players’ Tribune formal announcement. Mannix said he believes Hayward made his decision well before the Tribune piece.
“Well, ESPN’s Chris Haynes had it first,” Mannix said. “In the immediate aftermath, I had been in contact with people connected to him with knowledge of what he was doing and happening. They told me after that report came out — one person told me, ‘Yeah, it’s true.’ You saw what I reported and it wasn’t just me. It was Zach Lowe, Sam Amick, pretty much everybody covering this like I was doing, sitting in my house staring at my phone. Everyone kind of had it at that point. I still feel confident that the decision at that point in time was made. And then Mark Bartelstein, his agent, comes out and denies it.
“I spent a lot of time on the phone yesterday with Bartelstein trying to figure it out. What exactly was going on there? He stands by his guns. He insists at that point in time, which was early afternoon on the East Coast, Gordon Hayward had not formally made his decision. Now, the bizarre part is the Players’ Tribune piece. The line for Bartelstein is that this piece was in the works for a week and he had a ghost writer and he was basically making it evergreen until he made a decision on what team he was going to. I don’t know, man. That is a little bit strange to me. That was a 2,100 word piece that miraculously came up five hours after the initial report came out.
“To me, it still strikes me as he didn’t want it out at this time. He wanted to inform the teams personally. He wanted this Tribune piece like it was for Kevin Durant last year to be the formal announcement. But, ultimately, who cares? It’s salt in the wound for Utah whether he told them first or they learned it this way.”
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