Now, the Jazz find themselves just one win away from advancing to the second round in the Western Conference for the first time since the 2009-2010 season when they beat the Denver Nuggets in a series, 4-2.
Hayward grew up in Indiana and was in a relationship Kolbi Killingback for five years until they broke up in 2012.
For either, landing Hayward would be a transitional moment as they attempt to construct a team to beat James. With Hayward in the fold, they would both potentially be in position to chase another star via a trade.
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He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing, and I know that because I coached against him."It was such an unusual moment, one team president audaciously cussing out another for the record, that it was at first considered some sort of joke. It was retaliation for something Ainge said in a radio interview that day about Le Bron James complaining about officiating. Because of his experience level and the aspects of the salary cap, Hayward may not look to sign a five-year contract in Utah and might prefer a three-year deal so he can re-enter the market in time to maximize his earnings long term.
Now they compete again, this time over Gordon Hayward as he prepares to make his free-agent journey.
He cleared his throat and declared the following was from Riley:"Danny Ainge needs to shut the f--- up and manage his own team. Both feel like they have a legitimate shot at Hayward, who is in his prime and coming off an All-Star season. I don't want to mess up his Armani suits and all that hair goop."Ainge and Riley have disliked each other for more than 30 years, dating back to three bitter NBA Finals in the 1980s when Ainge's Celtics fought against Riley's Lakers. Now they clash as executives, both enjoying the type of stability and success that elevates their sniping and scheming against each other to the highest stakes.If he goes that route, it makes the Miami or Boston option even more appealing because it nearly eliminates Utah's monetary advantage.What’s crazy is — before I even had a chance to make my decision, before I had a chance to sit down and write this, and before I even had a chance to talk about it with the people I love — I was already reading reports about where I was going.And I guess that’s just the way things work, in 2017. This was a life-changing decision for me and my family, and something we took really seriously.