Should The Celtics Trade Gordon Hayward???

You can only point the finger at so many people for the Celtics nightmarish season until you’re blue in the face. Except I know who is to blame and I will blame those said peoples until I am blue in the face. Is it because of jealously that the following people I claim to bare the brunt of the blame for living far more fulfilling lives. Why yes. What I would give to be as rich as Gordon Hayward or to live my dream of playing for the Celtics even if I am as bad as Terry Rozier if not more.

Needlessly to say I’ll be happy once Rozier is playing for another team. He’s a fine ball player. He just doesn’t fit in on the Celtics and their relationship continuing beyond this point is acting as a hinderance to all parties involved.

Unfortunately, Gordon Hayward is expected to be a Celtic for the next two-seasons. Barring a spectacular return to form it is all but assured the rehabbing All-Star will opt-in his 2020 player-option to stay with the club at an over $30 million price tag. We shouldn’t blame him. Not just for wanting to cash in his next check, but also for his inability to play up to the dollar figures Danny Ainge signed the once coveted free agent to in the summer of 2017. You can point to the advance analytics all you want Hayward did not make good on the long leash Brad Stevens and the Celtics braintrust had him on to lead the Celtics in the postseason. It’s no secret the team was so much better when Hayward could contribute, which makes his poor season that more crushing.

All the chips were lined up it seemed for the Celtics to take that next step. Now as we embark on an off-season filled with uncertainty, if their superstar point guard does not wish to remain in Boston we are left with what could have been. Hayward’s injury reshaped NBA history and we have yet to see the complete ripple effects of it.

What is Boston to do? Can they trade away Hayward’s large contract in exchange for a prospect or a draft pick? Would it be wise? In most cases no. It be ridiculously reactionary to quit on Hayward in the hopes of gaining a little at risk of losing a lot. We don’t know if a summer of rehab is what’ll do the trick for the damaged Hayward and he’s already been put through the ringer in terms of getting his timing and feel for the game back. His mind seems all the way there, it’s just his body.

There is some scuttlebutt from those on the Celtics beat about the front office turning to Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal as a backup plan if trade talks with New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis fall through. I don’t buy this for a minute. It’s one of those stories produced in the rumor mills of Twitter solely for clicks. If the Wizards want to rebuild there are best to stay away from Hayward and can possibly do better than Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and some picks that are not the top-6 Memphis Grizzlies 2020 choice or the one that if the former rolls over to next year as an unprotected pick.

If you want to move Hayward so bad you’ll have to aim lower. Much lower. Let us traverse to the other side of the country and visit old friend Evan Turner. At age 30 Turner is an average player at best, but his obscenely large contract expires at the end of the 2019-20 season.

While his tenure in Portland hasn’t always been smooth, Turner’s 2018-19 campaign showed he can still contribute. Shooting a career high in field goal percentage (46%). The Celtics can have the Trailblazers toss in center Meyers Leonard as salary flotsam to help facilitate the deal giving the Celts needed big man depth behind Aron Baynes seeing as free agent Daniel Theis wasn’t a huge success.

Hayward was supposed to carry the offense when one of, or both of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are on the bench acting as a Point-Forward for the offense. Maybe it’s all Terry Rozier’s fault and when Hayward is paired next less ball dominate players he’ll assume the role more affirmatively. Or maybe Hayward has zero confidence in himself and will never assert himself ever again…

Guess who isn’t short on confidence and can at least run an offense decently… “The Villain”

It’s Time To Tell Gordon The Bad News

Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward has been just informed he will be sent to the G-League to rehab with the Maine Red Claws, per @Sailboatstudios.

Okay, fine. So that didn’t happen. But it really should. Since returning to the court Hayward’s done more harm than good. Arguably, he’s the reason Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been disappointing to begin a season so many pegged the “Two Jay’s” to make a big leap. Brad Stevens is a little stubborn and it takes him a while to adjust. We like to believe his system isn’t as rigid as others, that he crafts strategy solely around the strengths and weaknesses of his personnel. But, that too, is a lie.

Going way back to 2015, Stevens established a role for Tyler Zeller. Yes, that same Tyler Zeller. So even as Zeller got beasted continually on the boards against the Cavaliers, he wasn’t going to insert Jonas Jerebko to utilize his stretch shooting to drag Timofey Mozgov out of the paint for anything in the world.

The same can be said for why Hayward continues to start and close games, despite the clear evidence he’s not all the way back yet. Stevens wants long, athletic shooting wings. The more the merrier. Well, Hayward isn’t athletic anymore. The cruel NBA Gods robbed him of that when they snapped his ankle like a tooth pick that faithful night in Cleveland that drastically changed the destiny of the franchise.

Even if Hayward works himself back to 70 percent of what he once was, he’ll be no match for Giannis, Butler or Kawhi when the playoffs roll around. His goose is cooked. Plain and simple.

The much anticipated lineup of Irving – Brown – Tatum – Hayward and Horford has been a dud the entire year, posting a god awful offensive rating of 91.4 and a plus – 0.1 net rating (I’m shocked that isn’t in the negative). Every game starts the same. The Celtics allow their opponent to get ahead by 15 points or more, because no one can shoot or drive to the rim. Wide open shots are missed, while simultaneously the opposing team makes wide open shots on the regular. When Hayward is off the floor and a rhythm is established, the Celtics go on a big run to climb out of the hole he is very responsible for them being in the first place. Then, Stevens’ big heart gets the best of him, puts Hayward back in to close and the Celtics falter and lose.

In the short span of time the Celtics have given to the Irving – Brown – Tatum – Morris – Horford lineup, their offensive rating soars to 113.7. The pace also slows to a snails pace, but that is probably how the Celtics should honestly play.

When Hayward is off the floor the Celtics ORtg rises to 111.4. Their mark for last season, when Hayward played barley five-minutes was 107.6.

The Celtics must come to grips with reality before things get so bad that there’s a locker room mutiny against Hayward. It’s time for the Hospital Celtics to return, with Kyrie Irving. It’s time for Aron Baynes to reclaim his spot as the starting center. It’s time for Marcus Smart to get more minutes. It’s time for the Celtics to move on from Hayward.