Celtics’ Semi Ojeleye understands team was ready on Gordon Hayward prior to bringing him again: ‘It’s a business’

Boston Celtics wing Semi Ojeleye is pleased for Gordon Hayward, his very long-time exercise routine husband or wife with the Celtics who shot many jumpers just after plenty of practices and who viewed plenty of hrs of movie with their shared main assistant coach Scott Morrison.

Ojeleye also understands that Hayward was a priority for the Celtics this offseason — far more so than Ojeleye, who was waiting around on the Celtics to make a selection on the remaining calendar year of his offer. Ultimately, the Celtics picked up the remaining yr of his deal, but not until finally Hayward experienced opted to signal a 4-12 months $120 million offer with the Charlotte Hornets.

Continue to, Ojeleye will get it.

“They experienced the solution to either waive me or to bring me again, and I consider they were waiting around on Gordon and some other items to figure out what they were going to do first,” Ojeleye instructed the media by using Zoom on Wednesday. “And immediately after that formed up, the very last day they instructed me they were likely to deliver me again. It’s a company. At the stop of the day, all over again I maintain saying it, God brought me this far for a reason. I’m just heading to carry on to operate and wherever I land, wherever I participate in, I’m heading to give it my all and let every little thing else fall where it might.”

Ojeleye, who was chosen by the Celtics in the second spherical of the 2017 draft, stated Hayward welcomed him into the league when he joined the Celtics in free agency. He appreciated that kindness from a verified star (and the team’s prized no cost-agent acquisition that summer season).

“From a basketball standpoint he’s going to be missed — his leadership, his presence,” Ojeleye mentioned. “On a personal degree, he’s a excellent dude, a stand-up guy that I appear up to. Which is rough. As significantly as him staying long gone, obviously there is a spot the place he loaded as a significant-time participant. We’ll see how the team goes. But as for me I’m just likely to carry on to do the job just about every working day consistently, and from there God will choose care of it. I just have to retain this exact frame of mind that is obtained me this significantly, and continue to take me to anywhere I’m likely to go.”

No matter whether Ojeleye returns subsequent period — soon after he eventually hits unrestricted cost-free agency — continues to be to be seen, but he believes there is goal to whichever time he spends in Boston.

“God’s got me in this article for a rationale,” Ojeleye mentioned. “That’s just really all I can say. If I was not supposed to be below I wouldn’t be in this article. I belief in him, I rely on in the function I put in, and that’s genuinely it.”

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