Gordon Hayward: ‘Probably smarter’ to Leave West for East

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In an extended interview about his free-agency process, All-Star forward and new Celtic Gordon Hayward visted with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski to discuss the courtships of Boston, Utah and Miami in a wide-ranging visit on The Woj Pod, released on Monday afternoon.

On leaving the Western Conference for the East:

“When we’re going through this process and you keep seeing some of the big-name guys and it’s like, the West is loading up more and more and more, it’s not something where, like, I’m going to go East just so I don’t have to play them, ’cause you don’t want to run from competition at all. That’s not how I am. But there is a sense that it’s probably a smarter thing as far as you’re not going to have to battle it out with all these teams just to make it to the second round, make it to the third round, giving yourself a better chance against a Golden State. So it definitely crosses your mind, 100 percent.

Source: ESPN via Adrian Wojnarowski’s WojPod