The Jazz lost Gordon Hayward to the Celtics during free agency, and that’s not an easy pill to swallow. Hayward not only was their best player, but the organization developed him into the star player he is. The Jazz’s belief in Hayward is a large part of why the forward qualified for the huge contract Boston just gave him.
So it wouldn’t be surprising if Utah were bitter at the circumstances and stayed quiet about his departure. However, that’s just not the type of organization they have in Utah. Jazz executives Gail Miller, Steve Starks and Dennis Lindsey each released a statement on Hayward, and, to nobody’s surprise, it was all class.
Gail Miller, Chairman of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies
“Gordon has been an important part of our Jazz family for the past seven years. While disappointed that he is moving on, we thank him for his contributions to the organization and wish Gordon, Robyn and their family well. We thank him for his play, his leadership and how well he represented the Jazz and the state of Utah.”
Steve Starks, President, Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment
“The Jazz made a compelling case for Gordon to stay and managed the process well. A foundation for success has been established here, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to bring a championship to Utah. From our renovated facilities to our dedicated ownership, we are building a winning culture that will make Jazz fans proud.”
Dennis Lindsey, General Manager, Utah Jazz
“We are proud of the player that Gordon developed into with the Jazz, and wish him and his family the best of luck. Despite his departure, we still have a tremendous coaching staff and very good young core of players in place as we move forward.”