If Jazz fans are looking for one gripe with Hayward’s appearance on the podcast, it may come in his comparison of the history of the Celtics to that of the Jazz. Hayward noted how invested the fans and organization are to winning in Boston. He said the Jazz have a “tradition of success with John (Stockton) and with Karl (Malone), and Jerry Sloan” but that it wasn’t near the level of the Celtics, and he mentioned the team’s 17 championships.
The Celtics have won just one championship in Hayward’s lifetime, and their two finals appearances match that of the Jazz. Twelve of those championships came before the New Orleans Jazz existed as a franchise. Still, Hayward isn’t wrong when reflecting on the high level of success the Celtics have achieved compared to the Jazz.
The Celtics are going to do what it takes to win. The Jazz are going to do what it takes to make money. Winning isn't first in Utah and never has been and apparently despite the legacy trust never will be sadly. Boo him if you must but it's hard to blame him. This one's on the Jazz
Hayward also downplayed the Jazz decision not to offer him a max contract as a restricted free agent in 2014, and the impact it had on him signing with Boston. The Jazz asked Hayward to find a max contract with another team, in Hayward’s case Charlotte, before matching that deal. Hayward said he felt spurned immediately following the contract agreement, but he understood the perspective of the Jazz.
And quite frankly, I think the Jazz ought to view 2017-18 as a year in which to evaluate for the future to see which players will fit into the long term plans and which ones may need to be reevaluated. So many of them, such as Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood and Dante Exum, have a severe need to re-solidify their worth this season and given that Utah’s championship hopes are bleak at best right now, they would do well to be patient rather than prematurely trade away any of those guys in a move that could come back to haunt them down the road.
Yet you keep trading Burks who has no value at the moment. A trade for Kyrie might not happen until December 15th anyway. By then hopefully you have a good idea of what you have. Other than Gobert and the two rookies I could see everyone on the table after that. Joe Johnson certainly should be now