A roller coaster of a July 4 saw conflicting reports concerning Gordon Hayward's next NBA destination before he confirmed in a piece for the Players' Tribune that he'll be leaving the Utah Jazz for the Boston Celtics.
Throughout the day, Twitter users expressed frustration over the mixed messages Hayward's camp was sending, and many became especially angry after the Players' Tribune piece was published.
Hayward really delayed ripping off the bandaid so he could type an essay for the Players Tribune..— Josh Eberley (@JoshEberley) July 4, 2017
Yup, he’s getting booed. He owes Jazz fans nothing, Jazz fans owe him nothing.— UteDaddy (@utedaddy) July 5, 2017
Others made jokes about Hayward taking so long to write his Players' Tribune piece.
Gordon Hayward waiting to write something the day it's due is very relatable.— Ashley Holcomb (@ashleyxholcomb) July 4, 2017
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
Like parents often say when disciplining children, some fans didn't express that they were mad, just disappointed.
So freaking disappointing.— Zak Hicken (@zakhicken) July 5, 2017
Can't bring myself to read the whole blog. Stopped in the second paragraph. Crushing loss.— Laura Thompson (@hoopslaureate) July 4, 2017
Despite the general feeling of disappointment among Jazz fans, some expressed confidence in the team's ability to rebound.
Thank you Gordon Hayward for bringing the Jazz organization back to contenders in the playoffs...— Steve #15Hunnid Bartle (@SBartle247) July 4, 2017
Gobert will handle it from here. ✌
We have the best front office & ownership in the league. We'll bounce back. And sorry tweeps for too many Jazz tweets. I'll stop (for now).— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) July 4, 2017
Jerry Sloan always said the best thing about basketball was when you wake up, there's always another game.— Ben Anderson (@BensHoops) July 5, 2017
Back to work tomorrow!
Donovan Mitchell is better than 10 Haywards— Joseph Flynn (@ChinaJoeFlynn) July 5, 2017
Speaking of Donovan Mitchell, one of the pieces the Jazz gave to the Denver Nuggets last month to acquire him was Trey Lyles, who had an interesting reaction to the news.
https://twitter.com/TreyLyles/status/882392866311610368One Jazz fan did express how many who had been on Twitter for much of the day seeking updates may have ultimately felt.
Look on the bright side, at least I can eat breakfast and take a shower now.— Jimbo Slice (@JimboRudding) July 4, 2017
One of the big questions for the Celtics now is whether or not they can be good enough to win an NBA championship. A few expressed a unanimous thought on that front.
I wonder who Gordon Hayward has winning next year's title, Golden State or Cleveland?— Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) July 5, 2017
https://twitter.com/PKKinahan/status/882391181040033793And, of course, there were tweets about Danny Ainge, the former BYU star who is now the general manager of the Celtics.
Remember folks, a Y alum made you feel this way.— UteDaddy (@utedaddy) July 5, 2017
Ainge's son Tanner is a candidate to replace Jason Chaffetz in Congress and has been an outward supporter of Hayward staying in the Beehive State.