Many Celtics fans have already penciled free agent to be Gordon Hayward into the C’s starting lineup for next season, but before Hayward is wearing green, the organization has to actually sign him. The Jazz don’t appear to have given up hope of re-signing the forward.
“I think first of all there has to be a realism about where you are and where our program is, but there can’t be insecurity,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder told The Vertical podcast. “We haven’t been to the finals, we haven’t won an NBA Championship, we just made the playoffs this past year for the first time in a few years, so that said I think over the past year or two you can look, a guy like Gordon he’s experienced it. The good and the bad. The struggles and also some of the successes.
“As much as trying to sell him on something, I think for us, we want to feel good about who we are. Over the course of that period of time really live it as much as try to project it in some way and your hope is that the fits there. I feel like we got a situation that it is attractive and I think Gordon knows that.”
The Jazz drafted Hayward ninth overall in 2010. One of the main reasons there is a belief Hayward will join the Celtics is because he would be able to rejoin Brad Stevens, who coached Hayward at Butler.
“If Gordon doesn’t come back I don’t think it’s something the Jazz are not doing, as much as it is a situation he feels that there’s something else that he wants and obviously, that would be disappointing. You hope that is not the case,” added Snyder. “I think there are times in all of our lives where you evaluate where you are and you look other places. … I think for us you know who you are and the more secure you are in that and the more real you are about the areas you can improve and more than anything having a plan for who you are and where you are going.
“I think that is the message from us to Gordon and hopefully that plan matches fits with his plan. I feel good about who we are and Gordon knows how I feel about him and how we feel about him. He knows what he has done here and what he is capable of doing.”
Snyder also gave some insight on what Hayward will be working on this summer.
“As an NBA player goes he’s in his prime, but he’s continued to grow over the last few years and I think that’s unusual on the level he has,” Snyder said. “Frankly, I can see him, we talked about it at the end of the year, I can see him continuing to do that. I don’t think he has explored his post-game. I know that is something this summer he’s going to spend more time on.”
NBA free agency begins on July 1.
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