Former Utah Jazz star Gordon Hayward surprises JP Gibson with get-well gift

Despite leaving the Utah Jazz this summer, Gordon Hayward continues to support JP Gibson’s fight against cancer.

Sometimes, you just have to swallow your pride and give the devil his due.

Utah Jazz fans are still reeling from Gordon Hayward’s decision to leave the team last month. Take a quick glance at his or his wife’s social media accounts — fan backlash is as surly as ever. Nevertheless, Hayward is still doing some good in Utah.

In an Instagram update on Friday, former Jazzman JP Gibson proudly displayed a brand new Nintendo Switch. The gaming console was a gift from Hayward, who was Gibson’s favorite Jazz player before a move to the Boston Celtics.

Gibson joined the Jazz on an honorary one-day contract back in 2014 while undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He went on to take the court with the Jazz during their annual intrasquad scrimmage.

It was a moment that continues to resonate with Jazz fans everywhere.

The seven-year-old had been in remission for two years, before the cancer returned in July. He’s now receiving chemotherapy once again and is currently under care at Primary Children’s Medical Center.

For updates on JP’s progress in his battle with cancer, you can follow his Instagram @jpgibsonjr.

As for Hayward, there’s no doubt he’ll be public enemy No. 1 when he returns to Utah in Celtics green next season. That said, his gift to JP should serve as a reminder to Jazz Nation about why they grew to love Hayward in the first place.

His departure was definitely a botch, but Hayward did great things as a Jazzman, on and off the court.

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