Trey Lyles, Who Was Recently Traded By The Jazz, Had Some Thoughts On Gordon Hayward Leaving Them In Free Agency
FTW- The Utah Jazz traded forward Trey Lyles and the No. 24 overall pick to the Denver Nuggets for the No. 13 pick on the night of the 2017 NBA Draft. All of two years ago, the Jazz had drafted Lyles 12th overall, so the move spoke volumes about Utah’s opinion of the 21-year-old.
Here’s Lyles’ opinion of the Jazz now, upon news that All-Star forward Gordon Hayward was leaving for the Boston Celtics:
I think we all owe Trey Lyles a quick congratulations. It may have taken him a couple of cringeworthy seasons of abject failure, but he finally did something newsworthy. Unfortunately it came after he sucked his way into getting packaged for a pick that was lower than the one he was originally selected with and had nothing to do with him playing proficient basketball, but free pub is free pub. At least now we all know the name of the guy selected 12th overall in 2015 NBA Draft, and I can't say that his average of collective 6 PPG on 38% shooting was going to have me committing him to memory.
Generally, I don't have a problem with blaming others for your own flaws, but if you are going to do so on a public platform then you might want to have a better case for yourself than Trey Lyles did. If you want to harbor resentment as a way to feel better about yourself then I can definitely relate. That resentment should probably just be slightly more deserved than - oh, I don't know - completely unwarranted if you're a professional athlete that's putting it on the internet. I don't want to tell the player who has undergone nothing short of a disastrous start to his career how to live his life, but it might be best for him to keep a lower profile until he starts contributing to something other than his own online demise. That guy whose departure he just gleefully celebrated was likely happy to see him go when he got sent to Denver, and that should concern him more than the struggles of his former team (that had just cause in moving him) delight him. Well, at least if he's still interested in turning into a useful NBA player someday, because right now there is at least one matter that's worth more of a laugh than the frustrations of the Utah Jazz, and it's not not the stat line of their 2015 first round pick.