Following a pretty disastrous first season, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward were supposed to change the trajectory of the franchise in their second-year together.
Needless to say, things did not go as planned. Hayward struggled to find his former All-Star form, and Kyrie became disengaged from the franchise altogether. The Celtics finished as an underwhelming fourth seed in the East and were knocked out in the second round of the playoffs.
With summer nearly gone now, and Kyrie having left the Celtics behind, his former teammate delivered an innocent message to the All-Star guard:
“The interesting part of the league is the drama that happens every offseason,” Gordon Hayward said, via NBC Sports Boston. “I don’t know if there’s any league like that, where you have major guys moving teams.
“I wish (Irving) the best of luck as he goes to Brooklyn.”
He was also quick to recognize those who have come to replace him…
“As a team, we’re excited about who we have coming in,” said Hayward, who was commenting publicly for the first time since Irving’s decision to not re-sign with Boston. “I’m more than excited to welcome Kemba (Walker) and Enes (Kanter), and all the other guys that are new for us.”
It honestly seems like Hayward has moved on from Kyrie. And who wouldn’t?
His tenure there was less than illustrious and was more dramatic than anything else. After committing to the franchise a year ago, he went back on his word and left them for the Nets. By all accounts, that’s a pretty unfortunate break-up.
Nonetheless, Hayward and Boston are ready for a revival, one that doe snot include Uncle Drew.