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Bits on Gordon Hayward Departure from Dennis Lindsey, Mark Bartelstein and Trevor Booker Interviews

July 8, 2017

One. Dennis Lindsey, asked if his contingency plans in the event of Gordon Hayward’s departure are still feasible given the amount of time it took Hayward to “write his blog”: Timing has been problematic. Timing has been problematic. …

It was problematic…Certainly, there were multiple things that we let pass in the hopes to retain Gordon…You’re running into a time crunch with the way that things were set up and the indecision around that towards the end…

We knew going into the process it could be problematic, and it was. And maybe a little bit more problematic than what we would’ve wanted it to be in an average situation.

Two. Lindsey on replacing Gordon Hayward: Certainly, having wing size and getting that replacement would be very key. Again, there’s not as many prospects left on the board because of the timing, so we’ll take a look at it. We’ll look at prospects at ev–really at every level, whether it be European or some of these summer league prospects, and we’ll find someone hungry that can defend and help us defend on the wing.

Three. Lindsey, asked if he’d ever experienced anything as bizarre as the five-hour period it took Hayward to “write his blog”: Bizarre. There’s probably a few adjectives there. I’ll let you guys describe that.

Four. Lindsey, asked how comfortable he is with the way the situation was handled: How comfortable am I, with the way it was handled. Look, we’ll, that may be a conversation for a later date. How ’bout that?

Five. Lindsey, asked if he has spoken to Hayward since the decision: So, we’ve texted.

Six. Mark Bartelstein on why Gordon Hayward won’t be in a Jazz uniform next year: Well, that’s a, that’s an answer that will take a long time to go through…The Jazz have done everything you could do as an organization to create A) a world-class organization and a winning organization and to treat Gordon in a — everything we could ever hope for, they did.

Dennis in creating a, you know, a foundation and an atmosphere, you know, for winning and high-character players that he’s, you know, he calls it”Jazz DNA” and it’s really what they do. They’re very particular about the kind of guys they bring in.

And Quin Snyder, you know, what he’s done for Gordon, you know, I actually sent him a text today thanking him in detail, because what Quin Snyder’s done for Gordon, I don’t even know you can put a value on it. Just improving his mental toughness, his approach to the game, let alone his skill level, his — the way he prepares for games. Gordon is the player he is today, you know, in large part because of all the work that Quin put in. And the staff — you know, Johnnie Bryant, the entire player development staff.

So, all of that was very much taken into account, but you know, as a player in this league, you only have a few opportunities where you can kind of pick and choose what you do…if you want to see if there’s something out there that might be just more appealing to you.

And so, we had every team in the league, pretty much, that reached out to us and wanted Gordon to come in for a visit and to get in front of him and to make their presentation, and quite frankly, we said no to pretty much everybody, and when I tell you that they literally begged, and begged, for months to get in front of him, that’s what went on. …

When it was all said and done, he just, you know, I think he wanted to kind of challenge himself a little bit to get out of his comfort zone.* I think, you know, Boston is a place th–a storied franchise that’s won a lot of championships…And I think just the concept of going there is a [chance to] you know, compete at the highest level right now and to play for Brad [Stevens]*…

Utah offered everything you could ever want, but I think just the challenge of what he saw in the possibility in Boston,* in his gut he felt that was the right thing for him and this timing was right. And it’s, you know, there’s no one thing. It’s just a gut feeling that he had. …

You can’t imagine how many teams were just exasperated that I wouldn’t allow them to sit down and have a visit with Gordon. I mean, they just could not believe I wouldn’t give them an audience.**

* Going from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference, where you get to compete at the highest level, and to your college coach are getting out of your comfort zone and taking on a challenge. Gotcha.
** 🙏 Dear Lord, thank you for Mark Bartelstein deigning to allow Gordon Hayward to grant the Jazz pitch team an audience in San Diego after he visited Miami and Boston. Amen.

Seven. Bartelstein on Quin Snyder vs. Brad Stevens: You know, sometimes there’s two beautiful girls, but you can only date one. You know, at a time.

Eight. Bartelstein, asked why he was the one that informed the Jazz of Hayward’s decision and why Hayward couldn’t pick up the phone himself: Well, first of all, he — who’s told you he never picked up the phone?

Dennis Lindsey himself, during the press conference two days ago.

I don’t believe Gordon has spoken with Dennis yet. They’ve texted with each other. Gordon has definitely spoken with Quin, and when the time is right and everything and everyone’s settled down, he will absolutely talk with the Miller family, and everyone, you know?

Why isn’t now the right time for Gordon Hayward to call Gail Miller?

Yeah, like I said, he’s gonna do that at the right time. He’s in Boston, you know, right now. He had to fly out there for his physical and to get all that taken care of. Again, there was so much, you know, there was so much emotion after the decision, a lot of things that were said in the Utah market that were really, you know, that were honestly unfair, and so were the criticism, things like that.*

But it’s part of, that’s what makes, you know, that’s why Gordon gets paid the money he gets paid. That’s why players get paid the money they get paid, because people are passionate about sports.**

* Everyone get that? The things you said and your unfair criticism are one reason Hayward has not yet called Gail Miller. I hope you’re ashamed of yourselves.
** So, that’s great that people are passionate about sports, Mark! Seriously, really cool. I have two questions, though, that you didn’t answer: Why couldn’t Hayward inform the Jazz of his decision himself and why isn’t now the right time for him to call Gail Miller?

Nine. Bartelstein on the impact of Hayward’s departure on the SLC community: That’s why this was so difficult for him. It w–not why, it’s one of the reasons why it was so difficult for him, ’cause he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. He doesn’t want to do that. He doesn’t want to disappoint people. Gordon is what I call a “pleaser.” He doesn’t deal well with confrontation.* He doesn’t like disappointing people. And that’s why this was so difficult. This was not easy. This was as hard as it gets…This was as difficult as i–as difficult could be.**

* Lol. We know, Mark. We know.
** Y’all hear that? No matter what you’re going through in your life, it can’t be harder than what Gordon Hayward had to go through deciding where to play.

Ten. Trevor Booker on Hayward’s departure and where that leaves the Jazz: I wouldn’t say that I’m surprised that he left. You know, when I was there, I heard rumors — I don’t know how true they were — but I heard rumors about him wanting to leave…

[The Jazz] were already legit and with everybody growing, all the players growing, you know, around him, they could’ve really made some noise. But I’m not sure if he wanted, you know, if he liked to be that star with all the pressure on his shoulder. So you know, I think that might’ve had something to do with him going to Boston, you know, where he can, you know, rely on Isaiah Thomas and you know, maybe Avery Bradley or whoever else, you know, to back him up and you know, feel — take that pressure off his shoulder.

Maybe Isaiah, because he’s a superstar, where in Utah, you know, he’s playing in the Western Conference and it was a little bit tougher. You know, but with all that said and him, you know, going to Boston, Utah still has a nice core around them in Rudy Gobert; Rodney Hood; you know, Derrick Favors when he’s healthy. I really think, you know, with coach Q and Dennis Lindsey, you know, at the top, those are two great guys that really know what they’re doing. You know, I think they’ll bounce back from it.

Bonus Quote. Booker, asked if he’d consider playing in Utah again: If the opportunity ever came about, you know, I would definitely love to play in Utah again. Their organization is great. The fans are great. You know, my family and I loved it out there. So you know, if the opportunity, you know, came about, you know, I would definitely love to play in Utah again.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul Johnson permalink
    July 9, 2017 5:18 am

    I think all Jazz fans could have stomached Hayward’s departure a lot better, if he would have just made a clean break without leading the Jazz organization on, so the Jazz would have had the best chance to get a replacement.

    Even now, even though Boston wanted too much from the Jazz to do a sign and trade for Jae Crowder (a player who is not going to work out for them after bringing in 3 other small forwards to replace him), Hayward and his agent could still do a favor for the Jazz by having Boston do a sign and trade for Hayward so that the Jazz could get a big trade exception of ($29.7 mil.). That gesture would cost Boston and Hayward absolutely nothing to do, and it would show good faith after how Gordon Hayward treated the Jazz so poorly in the manner in which he left.

    That would then put the Jazz in a spot to do some salary dump trades throughout the season, which may be a better way to replace Hayward than to try to sign a free agent, when the “pickins are thin,”

  2. John C. King permalink
    July 9, 2017 9:19 am

    Moni, I can’t wait to see what happens when you finally update your Sh!t list. Mark Jackson, Carmelo, LeBron, and Blake could make some room for the new guy(s).

    • July 11, 2017 6:12 pm

      Sidebar updated with image of Rudy singing “these hoes ain’t loyal” ;)

  3. modernagejazz permalink
    July 9, 2017 7:37 pm

    The one person that is more of a villain than anyone else here is his agent. Look at this, from Jody Genessy’s article on the agent’s version of facts:

    “To that point, Bartelstein told Hayward on Tuesday morning he wouldn’t let the All-Star player make a final decision until he could convince him that it truly was what he wanted and intended to do.”

    Bartelstein, the only person involved in the process for whom nothing else besides money mattered, of course. Stall G’s decision to allow himself time to negotiate a big deal for Jingles.

    Then “don’t let” a potentially conflicted Hayward decide until his choice is the one that maximizes the potential for future endorsement deals and the like. All very convenient. Worse yet, this guy keeps making statements that alternate between hypocrite and ridiculous. Seriously, screw him. And of course, screw G too.

  4. barry f. stewart permalink
    July 12, 2017 12:17 am

    boston wont win anything as their team is full of jealous players prima donnas and a very meek coach could better be a preacher

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