Rudy Gobert says he had sense Gordon Hayward was leaning toward Boston

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Gordon Hayward‘s decision to take his talents to Boston was a punch to the gut many in the Utah Jazz organization didn’t expect. Ownership and the front office was confident they could win him over and made an appeal based on both basketball and emotion. The fans were on edge, but they wanted to believe he would stay.

But Rudy Gobert had a sense Hayward was leaving.

That’s what the Jazz center told Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

“I’m not surprised Gordon left,” Gobert said. “I could sense he was leaning toward Boston.”

Gobert was part of the pitch to Hayward, flying out to San Diego to try to keep the All-Star wing on a Jazz team on the rise.

Gobert was checking out the Jazz Summer League team in Las Vegas, where he told reporters he has been impressed with rookie Donovan Mitchell, who dropped a Summer League best 37 points on Tuesday.