Gordon Hayward ‘doesn’t really want to be the man,’ former Jazz teammate says
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Gordon Hayward’s decision to join the Celtics over the Jazz came with a bit of controversy, namely from current and former Utah players.
Trevor Booker, who currently plays power forward for the Nets, but spent two seasons with Hayward at Utah, took a shot at the new Celtics star.
Gordon’s a guy who doesn’t really want to be the man, Booker said, via The Salt Lake Tribune. I’m not sure he wanted a franchise on his shoulders. Gordon’s a great player, and one of the best players in the league. But I wasn’t really surprised at his choice. I heard the rumors.
According to ESPN, the deal is worth a whopping $228 million. Previously, Warriors star Stephen Curry had the biggest contract extension after he recently signed a four-year deal worth $201 million.
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ESPN reported once the extension starts in 2019, Harden will start earning $37.8 million, with his annual salary going up to $40.8 million, $43.8 million and $46.8 million over the next three seasons.
But Harden earned his huge paycheck. He averaged 29.1 points, 11.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds per game while helping the Rockets secure the third seed in the NBA playoffs last season.
Houston, which had a 55-27 mark last season, has also made the playoffs each of the five years Harden has been on the team.