The Boston Celtics rebounded well from their losses this offseason. After watching Kyrie Irving and Al Horford walk, they signed Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter to shiny new contracts, and are hoping it will be enough to keep them relevant in the East.
But as far as the roster goes, clearing up that log jam at the wing may go a long way in helping balance out their team.
Gordon Hayward could be the key and, in an article by Tyler Marling of Fansided’s King James Gospel, he suggests one trade that could swap Hayward for two of Cleveland’s most important players.
“As their roster currently stands, the only three players that realistically could see playing time at center are Enes Kanter, Daniel Theis, and Robert Williams. Thompson would come in immediately and be their best rebounding big man. Jordan Clarkson had to be thrown in to match salaries, and he is an added bonus for Boston. A team looking to compete for a conference title should not have to rely on rookies to provide scoring punch off of the bench. Clarkson would immediately step into the top bench scorer role for the Celtics.”
For the Celtics clearing out space at the wing position for some additional depth makes almost too much sense. In Thompson and Clarkson, Boston would be much improved in scoring off the bench.
But are they willing to pay the price to get it done? Though Gordon Hayward is expensive and has struggled in recent seasons, he was a former All-Star and still has time to return to that form.
It will be interesting to see what role he will play in Boston’s future this upcoming season.