Celtics’ Semi Ojeleye understands team was waiting on Gordon Hayward before bringing him back: ‘It’s a business’

Boston Celtics wing Semi Ojeleye is happy for Gordon Hayward, his long-time workout partner with the Celtics who shot countless jumpers after countless practices and who watched countless hours of film with their shared primary assistant coach Scott Morrison.

Ojeleye also understands that Hayward was a priority for the Celtics this offseason — more so than Ojeleye, who was waiting on the Celtics to make a decision on the final year of his deal. Ultimately, the Celtics picked up the final year of his deal, but not until Hayward had opted to sign a four-year $120 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets.

Still, Ojeleye gets it.

“They had the option to either waive me or to bring me back, and I think they were waiting on Gordon and some other pieces to figure out what they were going to do first,” Ojeleye told the media via Zoom on Wednesday. “And after that shaped up, the last day they told me they were going to bring me back. It’s a business. At the end of the day, again I keep saying it, God brought me this far for a reason. I’m just going to continue to work and wherever I land, wherever I play, I’m going to give it my all and let everything else fall where it may.”

Ojeleye, who was selected by the Celtics in the second round of the 2017 draft, said Hayward welcomed him into the league…

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