With the 2019-20 season approaching, the Celtics will continue to look for ways to tweak and improve their already stacked roster. With enough assets to entice just about any team in the league, there are no shortage of options for them to accomplish their goals.
One such option, surprisingly, could involve the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In a recent piece by Bleacher Report's Greg Swartz, the Celtics could trade Hayward for a package including Jordan Clarkson and Tristan Thompson.
“Moving him to the Cavs for Thompson and Clarkson would make sense both now and in the future. Boston likely craves a defensive center after Al Horford left for the Philadelphia 76ers in free agency and Enes Kanter was brought in as his replacement. Thompson, 28, averaged 10.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and held opponents to 56.1 percent shooting at the rim, a better mark than Horford (59.6 percent) last season. Clarkson, 27, would give them instant offense off the bench, as he ranked second on the Cavs in scoring (career-high 16.8 points) despite not starting any of his 81 games.”
Hayward would obviously not do much to improve Cleveland's standing in the East. But with the Cavs, he would get a chance to start over, and the team would get to build around a solid veteran scorer.
As for Boston, trading for Clarkson and Thompson would add much-needed depth to the roster.
There is a positive for both sides, but only time will tell if it can come to fruition.