Former Utah Jazz All-Star Gordon Hayward recently joined the Woj Pod to shed some interesting insight on his free agency decision.
As I’m sure is the case with many Utah Jazz fans out there, I’m definitely ready to turn the page from the Gordon Hayward saga and simply take joy in the Jazz team that will take the court in 2017-18. However, with Hayward jumping on a podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday to discuss his entire free agency process, I couldn’t help but weigh in.
Barring any unforeseen developments, hopefully this will be the last Hayward departure piece I’ll feel inclined to cover.
In all honesty, although I was quite distraught upon originally learning Hayward’s decision, I’m well over the fact now and while I still realize that his decision to leave the team will likely cause them to take a step backwards in the immediate future, I’m still thrilled at the prospect of what this Jazz team has to offer and what they can become. And even without Hayward in their midst, I feel confident that they still have bright things ahead in the slightly more distant future.
With that being said, though, there were certainly some points brought up by Hayward in the podcast that I felt were quite interesting and definitely got me thinking about his decision a little bit differently than perhaps I had before. Trying to analyze why and how he made the choice he did isn’t going to change anything, but it’s still entertaining to try to put the pieces together.
Therefore, my intention with this piece is by no means to belittle or detract from Gordon Hayward or his decision, but rather bring to light a few of my takeaways from his comments as we all look to make some sense out of how everything ended up the way it did.
So without further ado, here are my three major takeaways from the recent Woj Pod with Gordon Hayward.