How desperate is the state of Utah to keep Gordon Hayward away from the thirsty Boston Celtics? So desperate that some middle schoolers from Tooele wrote the free agent forward letters to convince him to stay:
The first letter from teacher Kristine Jakins reads:
Dear Gordon Hayward,
I teach language arts at Tooele Junior High School in Tooele, Utah. In this envelope, you will find handwritten letters from seventh and eighth grade students. They heard that you are in the midst of making a choice about whether to renew your contract with the Utah Jazz or not, and you will see that they feel very strongly about what your choice means for them (as well as the rest of Jazz nation). I’m sure you will agree that they are quite persuasive.
THank you for taking the time to read their letters, and thank you for everything you have done for the Jazz. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.
These letters probably won’t do much to sway Gordon, but I respect the handwritten element here. I’m sure Gordon also prefers it to 11 and 12 year olds blowing up his mentions on Twitter.