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In line with the Salt Lake Tribune, regardless of all studies of Hayward “agonizing” over his determination to half methods with the Utah Jazz, the writing was very a lot everywhere in the wall previous to his official announcement.
Brooklyn Nets ahead and former Jazz participant Trevor Booker informed the Tribune the load of getting the Utah franchise on his shoulders was one thing Hayward by no means needed.
“Gordon’s a man who does not actually need to be the person,” Booker stated. “… I am unsure he needed a franchise on his shoulders. Gordon’s an incredible participant, and top-of-the-line gamers within the league. However I wasn’t actually stunned at his selection. I heard the rumors.”
Because the Tribune outlines, the Jazz spent a lot of the previous yr making an attempt to orchestrate the right strikes that might hold Hayward in Utah, which most just lately prompted them to accumulate level guard and skilled playmaker Ricky Rubio from the Minnesota Timberwolves in change for a primary-spherical draft decide.
Whereas the Jazz labored on creating a robust core for Hayward, his inclinations to go away have been obvious to others since earlier than this yr’s draft. Sources informed the Tribune that Hayward made it clear to teammate and good friend George Hill in a telephone name that returning to Utah “was nowhere near assured.”