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Here are the updated NBA championship odds after Gordon Hayward’s announcement

Gordon Hayward guarding Kevin Durant. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

In the wake of Gordon Hayward’s Players’ Tribune column—in which he declared his intention to join the Celtics—prognosticators have been grappling with the simple question: Is it enough to push the Celtics in contention with the Cavaliers and Warriors as the league’s best team?

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was direct in his appraisal:

In Vegas terms, oddsmakers have changed their view of Boston since the initial predictions were released:

Still, that doesn’t necessarily reflect on Hayward’s announcement. Even on June 12, the Celtics’ odds were the same as they apparently are now:

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