Former Jazz Teammate Rips Gordon Hayward After Signing With Boston

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It may not be on the level of KD's move to Golden State, but Gordon Hayward signing with the Celtics has still rubbed a few people the wrong way.

Rudy Gobert has already taken a subtle shot at Hayward after his move, but now former Jazz teammate Trevor Booker has come forward, even mentioning Hayward by name.

Now playing for Brooklyn, Booker played for the Jazz between 2015 and 2016, and had some harsh words for Gordon, via the Salt Lake Tribune.

"Gordon's a guy who doesn't really want to be the man… 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."

It's hard to disagree with Booker, as he was in the locker room with the team for two years, and would know a lot more than any fan when it comes to the feelings of certain players.

By the same token, if Hayward was afraid of 'carrying a franchise' as Booker puts it, why would he join the contending Boston Celtics? With the money he'll be earning over the course of his contract, he will be expected to perform at his absolute peak, especially in the playoffs. Even with Isaiah Thomas by his side, Boston fans won't be happy with Gordon if he's not putting in his fair share of buckets.

On top of that, Boston is a much larger market than Utah, and the Boston media are far more unforgiving.

Regardless if Hayward will be considered 'the man' in Beantown, he'll still be under a ton of pressure from the Celtic faithful to reach another Eastern Conference Finals, and hopefully the Finals.