Hayward to Boston...Really, We Mean It

djbayko

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Free agency is a lot less fun when you're constantly refreshing for even a sniff of good news
Sniff, sniff...

Per Bookmaker:
Celtics 50.65% (-166 odds)
Jazz 31.58% (+157)
Heat 8.99% (+803)
Field 8.78% (+824)

Obviously, this is just for fun. It's a little hard to believe that the field's chances are as high as 8.78%, since there has been so much reporting around his scheduled team visits.
 

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Nah, you always need to account for the field. What surprises me is the handicapper feels the field has the same chance as the Heat.
 

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Nah, you always need to account for the field. What surprises me is the handicapper feels the field has the same chance as the Heat.
That's essentially what I said :)

"It's a little hard to believe that the field's chances are as high as 8.78%"
 

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Per Bookmaker:
Celtics 50.65% (-166 odds)
Jazz 31.58% (+157)
Heat 8.99% (+803)
Field 8.78% (+824)
This looks right to me, if you add "Field"'s percentage to "Jazz." Heat are long shots. It's really Boston vs. Utah.
 

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Let me sleep on it, baby baby, let me sleep on it...

Tick, tick, tick.

So do we have any ideas/guesses about how the news will break? Wojbomb? Shelburnebomb? Players Tribune article?

I gotta say, reading that Durant Players Trib article -- on this day one year ago -- was one of my more surreal experiences as a sports fan. He freaking buried the lede at the end of the second paragraph!

In any case: cmon man, GO EAST!!!!
 

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I think he's definitely leaving and just doesn't want to make Utah think they never had a chance. Sleeping on it out of respect.
In the land of max contracts, I'm not sure why a player would even visit other teams if he wasn't inclined to leave, other than maybe to put pressure on a GM to sign certain players, like I guess Ricky Rubio? I think having your own team make a formal pitch is kind of disrespectful, as well, and comes off like a player wanting to show he's giving everyone a fair chance before he bolts. If a five-hour meeting is required to convince a guy who's been around seven years to stay and make more than he can anywhere else, there are probably some issues to begin with.
 

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In the land of max contracts, I'm not sure why a player would even visit other teams if he wasn't inclined to leave, other than maybe to put pressure on a GM to sign certain players, like I guess Ricky Rubio? I think having your own team make a formal pitch is kind of disrespectful, as well, and comes off like a player wanting to show he's giving everyone a fair chance before he bolts. If a five-hour meeting is required to convince a guy who's been around seven years to stay and make more than he can anywhere else, there are probably some issues to begin with.
I disagree. This is probably the only real opportunity most players feel an open conversation can be had regarding the direction and future of a team. Have the meeting.
 

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I disagree. This is probably the only real opportunity most players feel an open conversation can be had regarding the direction and future of a team. Have the meeting.
Stars in this league can do it every day if they want. Maybe that's not how Hayward wants to do things, but I still don't take it as a promising sign from Utah's perspective. How many max level guys visit other teams only to ultimately return to their same team?

We'll see.
 

Kenny F'ing Powers

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Stars in this league can do it every day if they want. Maybe that's not how Hayward wants to do things, but I still don't take it as a promising sign from Utah's perspective. How many max level guys visit other teams only to ultimately return to their same team?

We'll see.
Hey ward isn't an all-nba talent. Lebron gets to make future plans with the team. Hayward doesnt.
 

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Chris Haynes just said on sportscentre: celtics "feel really, really good" about landing Hayward
 

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In the land of max contracts, I'm not sure why a player would even visit other teams if he wasn't inclined to leave, other than maybe to put pressure on a GM to sign certain players, like I guess Ricky Rubio? I think having your own team make a formal pitch is kind of disrespectful, as well, and comes off like a player wanting to show he's giving everyone a fair chance before he bolts. If a five-hour meeting is required to convince a guy who's been around seven years to stay and make more than he can anywhere else, there are probably some issues to begin with.
Speaking of which, has any max free agent ever done the tour thing and ended up resigning with his own team? Seems to me that unless a player is trying to get more money - which is not the case here - after spending five or seven or how ever many years with a team, a player is going to have a good idea whether or not he wants to resign before free agency starts.
 

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Speaking of which, has any max free agent ever done the tour thing and ended up resigning with his own team? Seems to me that unless a player is trying to get more money - which is not the case here - after spending five or seven or how ever many years with a team, a player is going to have a good idea whether or not he wants to resign before free agency starts.
Can't think of any off the top of my head. I'm definitely more worried about Miami than Utah.
 

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Just saw tweets from Utah sports writer saying it's Miami. @EHollandSLT

Sorry not smart enough to paste tweets
 

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When did this become a gamethread? I get that, for reasons unclear to me, many get a thrill from breaking news, but the litany of one line posts does not promote quality discussion here.
 

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Wtf with these posts? Did he re-sign or are people just guessing?
Some fake account said he went to Miami and then half the people came in and said it was fake and the other half inexplicably said he re-signed with Utah.

So...yeah.
 

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Thanks. Was just unclear. For those of us who are out and about, it would be great if real news on this was made clear.

Here's hoping it's good news. (And that Hayward has seen a clip of last night's action.)
 

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Bad enough that fake accounts feel the need to break #FakeNews without having to see it reposted here too. Can't we just wait until Woj or Aldridge break it?
 

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I'm getting PTSD flashbacks from the dozens of fake tweets that proliferated right before the KD decision.

"Strong work ethic of Miami"? Lol.
 

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Some guy named Dan Lifshatz on twitter (apparently works for 98.5) saying Hayward to the Celtics is a done deal. James Stewart is retweeting him. On mobile so no direct link.
 

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That's what she said.
Being that this has become a game thread...

Kenny Anderson's twitter is fun. He looks 60 years old now.

Gordon has 2 young kids. He is just getting up and trying to make them breakfast. I too have two young kids and have been dealing with them all morning. I wonder if Gordon has been thinking about me all morning too.
 

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Some guy named Dan Lifshatz on twitter (apparently works for 98.5) saying Hayward to the Celtics is a done deal. James Stewart is retweeting him. On mobile so no direct link.
No, not this asshole. He had Durant as a done deal last year.