One of the biggest questions surrounding the Celtics’ season has been what to do with former NBA All-Star Gordon Hayward. In 2017, Hayward broke his leg and stayed out for the remainder of the season.
Upon his return, he has yet to play at his former level. This season, he only averaged 11 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists on 46% shooting. But even despite it all, the Cavs are more than willing to give up assets to get him.
The Cavs would gladly take the polarizing Hayward, who was an All-Star in Utah before his horrific leg injury. He would be the main prize, the exception to Cleveland demanding a draft pick or ascending player on a rookie deal. Hayward is healthy now and will have a full off-season to try to regain his old form, possibly giving the Cavs another piece to accelerate their timeline. Put Hayward, 29, alongside Kevin Love, Collin Sexton and the duo added in Round One and suddenly Cleveland has the look of a playoff team.
It remains to be seen if Hayward can resurrect his previous form. For the first time in a year, he will have a healthy offseason to build from.
But one has to wonder if he is the solution for Cleveland. Might they be better off just rebuilding with draft picks and young talent instead of trading for a guy like Hayward?
It will be an interesting offsseaosn to sya the least, one that will contain a lot of questions for the Boston Celtics.