Waltham: Celtics Make Gordon Hayward Signing Official

It may have taken a few weeks, but Boston Celtics fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

After days of silence, the team formally announced today the signing of All-Star small forward Gordon Hayward.

“I am very excited to officially announce [Celtics Assistant General Manager] Mike Zarren flew to San Diego this morning, and signed a contract with Gordon Hayward,” Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said. “In his home, or in his gym, I’m not quite so sure where, early this morning. We’re thankful for Mike doing that. We’re very excited to have Gordon, Robyn and their two children join our Celtic family.”

Brad Stevens would address the signing, among other news items via a media conference call. Despite his well-known ties to the star, the coach said that the process in getting him to come to his decision was anything but easy.

“I think that in talking to Gordon, that he had a deep, emotional tie, for lots of reasons, to Utah.” Stevens said.

After Hayward announced on July 4th that he was joining the team via “The Players’ Tribune, the Celtics executed a series of moves pushing back the signing ten days. Before the Celtics could officially take on Hayward’s four-year $128 million contract, they had to free up the alloted cap space.

Hayward was not in attendance for media availability, but the long, dramatic process that began well before the NBA free agency period came to a final conclusion, with Ainge addressing the media at the team practice facility in Waltham.

“It was nerve-racking quite honestly,” Ainge said. “We were hopeful. We felt like we had a great meeting with him on July 2nd, had a good day with him. We left feeling good about that. But we also know, and respected his ties to Utah. And also his meeting with Miami, a very good organization. We have a great deal of respect for them. We had really no idea. He didn’t really give us any hint when we left. So we were just waiting like everyone else in the world.”

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Brendan Connelly, a lifetime native of Scituate, comes to WATD via the University of Massachusetts, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. During his time in Amherst, Brendan worked extensively with the University’s Radio Station WMUA 91.1 FM, in their sports department as a Broadcaster and Reporter. He also wrote for the Northampton-based periodical, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, in their Sports Department. Following his graduation in May 2014, Brendan applied at WATD, and was then hired a few weeks later as a Sales Executive. Shortly thereafter, he would gradually work his way into the Sports Department, becoming a weekly host on the Sports Exchange with Bill Wilhelm. One year later, Brendan officially took over the Morning Sports with Rob & Lisa, giving updates on Local High School Sports News Tuesdays through Fridays. Brendan still consistently sells advertising space as well for WATD, and helps Bill Wilhelm’s team at sporting events as a commentator. During his career with WATD, Brendan has had the opportunity to interview the likes of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, Zdeno Chara, and many more. Outside the station, Brendan also works as a Sports Writer for the Boston Herald, who hired his services one month following WATD. Brendan has also interned as a broadcaster for the Brockton Rox, which he completed during the summer of 2012.