Gordon Hayward signs with Boston Celtics

Which is why Utah guard Ricky Rubio's reaction to Hayward's decision was, well, the opposite of Thomas' reaction. It's no surprise that he was on hand to make his case to Hayward.

However, just minutes after that news surfaced, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted: "Gordon Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein, tells ESPN: 'Gordon hasn't made a decision yet". Sources say the small forward has made a decision to commit to the Boston Celtics.

Part of the Jazz's pitch to Hayward is his improvement under the coaching staff and the opportunity to play alongside Gobert, who is one of the best passing centers (6.2 assists per game last season) and defensive players in the league.

Hayward has opted to join the Celtics after also meeting with the Utah Jazz and Miami Heat, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

There was a few references to previous free agency mishaps and more Hayward related jokes.

Boston coach Brad Stevens coached Hayward at Butler and has a team coming off an Eastern Conference Finals appearance.

The 27-year-old had his best year this past season, averaging nearly 22 points a game while shooting 47 percent from the floor and nearly 40 percent from the three-point line.

As they've admitted publicly leading up to this free-agency period, the Jazz let Hayward know they hope to continue the momentum built in recent years and keep him in the fold for his entire career à la Utah legend John Stockton.

The Celtics have been linked to every frontcourt star - Kevin Durant, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, DeMarcus Cousins... - rumored to be switching teams the last couple years. Now he's added an All-Star without surrendering any picks or young players. They can unilaterally renounce all their free agents, including pulling restricted free agent Kelly Olynyk's qualifying offer, and waive unguaranteed Jordan Mickey.

If it becomes official, it makes for the second-straight year that a valuable free agent made a decision on the Fourth of July holiday.