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Jazz coach Quin Snyder focuses on the future in statement about Gordon Hayward

Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder shared his thoughts Wednesday on free agent Gordon Hayward agreeing to sign with the Boston Celtics.

Hayward announced Tuesday via a Players' Tribune blog post he would be leaving the Jazz for Boston. Snyder, in a statement released by the Jazz organization Wednesday, commended Hayward for his work ethic, wished the All-Star forward well and said the team would miss him, but now it's about focusing on the future without him.

"To further lament Gordon’s departure does not honor the commitment we have to our current players," Snyder said.

Jazz owner Gail Miller, team president Steve Starks and Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey also shared statements Tuesday night following the announcements, showing their appreciation for Hayward's efforts in his seven seasons in Utah.

Here's the full statement from Snyder:

“Since my arrival to Utah, Gordon gave his best every day we were together. I can’t say enough about his professionalism day in and day out. He is a unique competitor and I am thankful for the opportunity to have coached him over the last three seasons. Speaking on behalf of my staff, we are very proud of his growth and development as a player into an NBA All-Star, and are also appreciative of his contributions. Gordon’s progression epitomizes the partnership that we believe is the cornerstone of our player development emphasis and philosophy.

"I believe this was a difficult decision for Gordon and Robyn and their young family, and one they reached earnestly. While their extended Jazz family is disappointed to see them leave, we wish them happiness and success in their future and understand that they chose a path they felt was the right one for them.

"Certainly we will miss Gordon and his many contributions to our team, but I always tell our players that ‘adversity is opportunity in disguise.’ This is one of those moments and we need to live those words. We have a roster of young, talented and resilient players. I am confident that together we will accept this challenge while continuing to strive toward our goal of individual and collective improvement.

"To further lament Gordon’s departure does not honor the commitment we have to our current players. Therefore, I would like to personally wish Gordon well as he and his family move on with his career. As we move forward, we’ll continue to focus our attention on the place it is most needed and wanted, our players and the entirety of the Jazz organization.”