Gordon Hayward chooses Celtics (for real this time)

The Gordon Hayward free agency saga is finished. The former Jazz small forward is heading to Boston.

Hayward has agreed to a four-year, $128 million deal to join Extremely Cheap Jerseys the Celtics and former college coach Brad Stevens, according to The Vertical. Hayward broke the news via a Players’ Tribune article.

There was speculation that Hayward had not wanted word of his choice of Boston to leak before the Jazz were informed, and that he and his camp were trying to reel in the spread of breaking news. That’s a longshot. More likely, folks around the league speculated, the Celtics and Jazz needed time to sort out potential sign-and-trade scenarios, and if nothing along those lines could be worked out, the Celtics would have to deal away a player in order to give Hayward a max contract.

That’s how one agent guessed things were playing out on Tuesday.

“That’s a nightmare if something gets out before you’re ready to let it out,” the agent said. “And if they did not have all the details worked out about who was going to have to go where to make all of it work, that’s definitely not a time you want things to start leaking.”

Don’t sleep on the Panthers’ other notable pickup at the position. Former Buccaneer Russell Shepard was signed to a three-year, $10.5 million deal mainly for his ace special teams work as a gunner. But he proved in Tampa Bay he can be a viable wideout when needed. He’ll get his chances to stretch the field, too, when the Panthers spread the field. He was a sneaky intradivison steal.

Going back to Benjamin, having Samuel, McCaffrey and Shepard around now with Fashion Online Shop Cheap Jerseys Olsen takes the pressure off No. 13 to perform like a typical No. 1 receiver. His initial goal is to get in shape and build on the good things he was able to do in his first two seasons to become a more complete target. Funchess will need to fight through his durability issues and inconsistency to carve out more than a blip of a role.

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