As NBA trade season kicks off in full swing, the situation in Boson continues to grow more complicated -- more specifically with their star swingman, Gordon Hayward.
In a statement by one Eastern Conference executive, he describes Hayward as feeling "betrayed" with his role in the franchise he has called home for three years now.
Weeks removed from their appearance in the Conference Finals, the Celtics feel as if they're just a piece or two away from securing an NBA Championship. Could they use Hayward to make that roster move?
The 30-year-old forward has yet to return to his All-Star form in 2017, with statistical dips all across the board. In the past three seasons, however, his play has been sustainably impacted by injuries, especially during the 2017-18 season, in which he played just five total minutes.
If Hayward's unhappiness persists, you could see team GM Danny Ainge put him on the block with the hopes he could get someone else in return: like star point guard Jrue Holiday.
Regardless of what the Celtics decide to do, you can bet they'll be a part of some major conversations in the days ahead, likely for some crucial key players.