A timeline of the discombobulated Gordon Hayward announcement

It wasn't the most straightforward story of a free agent signing.

Gordon Hayward talking to the media during the end of season press conference in May, 2017. Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP

After months of speculation, Celtics fans now know that Gordon Hayward plans to sign in Boston. The 27-year-old forward announced his decision in a Players’ Tribune column on Tuesday night. Yet after months of wondering, fans endured one final 5 1/2-hour drama of conflicting reports after what initially appeared to be a definitive decision.

The news that Hayward had chosen Boston over Utah and Miami first broke on Tuesday afternoon. Within minutes, however, the ironclad report (backed by multiple accounts) was thrown into doubt. Hayward had apparently not decided on his destination, and so a confused public was left wondering what was going on.


Ultimately, Hayward settled the drama himself, tweeting out his column where he formally broke the news.

Here’s a look at some of the notable news announcements from the beginning of the story (at 2:17 p.m. ET) until its culmination shortly before 8 p.m.:

2:17 p.m.: ESPN reporter Chris Haynes first tweets Hayward’s intention to sign with the Celtics:

2:21 p.m.: Isaiah Thomas appears to react to the news:

2:24 p.m.: USA Today reporter Sam Amick confirms Haynes’ report:

2:25 p.m.: Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe also confirms the report:

2:26 p.m.: ESPN senior writer Zach Lowe adds further confirmation to Haynes’ report:


2:27 p.m.: Though the Hayward reports appear confirmed, ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski says that Utah haven’t heard from him yet:

2:28 p.m.: Ricky Rubio, who was recently traded to Utah, tweets:

2:30 p.m.: Yahoo reporter Jordan Schultz also affirms Hayward hasn’t committed to Boston:

2:32 p.m.: NBA insider David Aldridge says Hayward is “still in the process” of deciding:

2:34 p.m.: Wojnarowski adds a quote from Hayward’s agent, denying that he’s decided on Boston:

2:36 p.m.: NBA insider Spencer Checketts report the Celtics haven’t heard from Hayward:

2:56 p.m.: Himmelsbach reports that Hayward’s agent explained they needed to “regroup here a bit”:


3:02 p.m.: Utah Jazz president Steve Starks says he believes Hayward that no decision has been made:

5:39 p.m.: Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports neither the Celtics nor Jazz have been contacted by Hayward “in an official capacity”:

6:25 p.m.: According to Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post, the Heat are still in the hunt:

6:58 p.m.: Jones reports that the Jazz plan to “remain in contact” with Hayward into the night:

7:48 p.m.: Hayward ends the speculation, using the Players’ Tribune to make his formal announcement:

7:50 p.m.: Shams Charania of The Vertical reports the terms of Hayward’s contract:


7:58 p.m.: Isaiah Thomas reacts to the news: