First they had him. Then they didn't. Then they did again. 

Such was the saga of Gordon Hayward's July 4th decision to join the Boston Celtics.

The prized free agent had an interesting day, to say the least, after news broke early this afternoon that Hayward was going to leave his NBA home of seven years, Utah, for Boston.

Just moments later, however, it was reported that the Butler product's agent was claiming that his client had yet to make a final decision and was still mulling through his options.

Derek Jeter's Players' Tribune website

Hayward's decision, which was helped in large part by his close relationship with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens who coached him at Butler, further solidifies Boston as a true power in the Eastern Conference.  Joining forces with Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford and the team's plethora of young talent, Hayward helps the C's get that much closer to slaying the dragon that is the Cleveland Cavaliers.