Produced by Guy Petrillo
The Boston Celtics and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge just pulled off the biggest free agent signing of the 2017-18 off season, signing Six-foot-eight forward Gordon Hayward. After seven years playing for the Utah Jazz, Hayward decided to join his college coach, Brad Stevens, now coach of the Celts. The pair were together at Butler University and lost in the national championship game in 2007. Hayward said he and Stevens have unfinished business and want to win an NBA championship together!
Oh...Hayward was also enticed to Boston by his new 4 year, nearly $128 million contract. According to our crack statistician Guy Petrillo, Hayward will make an actual base salary this year of $29,727,900. That's $570,124.11 per week, $81,446.30 per day, $3,393.60 per hour, $56.56 per minute and 94 cents per second.
Hayward actually announced his decision to sign with the Celtics in a letter to the fans of Utah published in The Players Tribune, the website founded by Derek Jeter to give athletes their own voice.
This has been the toughest decision that I've ever had to make in my life. This weekend has probably been the longest weekend of my life. And today ... well, today has definitely been one of the craziest days of my life. But I wanted to make sure that I got this right.