Argument 1: the Boston Celtics should consider trading Gordon Hayward to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Look, we have to face the facts.
Think of the whole arc of this season. This was supposed to be the year – LeBron James was out of the conference, and we were adding two all-stars back to a team that went to game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Boston Celtics were primed to make the leap.
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Let’s not belabor a point that we all know – suffice it to say, they didn’t make the leap. The Milwaukee Bucks made the leap instead, and looked like the most dominant team in the East by far. The Toronto Raptors also looked dominant. The Celtics have been punching in another weight class all season.
This iteration of the Boston Celtics just isn’t clicking, and Gordon Hayward is a big reason why. He’s been a shell of himself all season long. His success as a sixth man of sorts has been a nice story, but do you want to be paying a sixth man averaging 11.5 ppg upwards of $30 million?
When teams move on from a player dragging them down, it brings a breath of fresh air to the team. This squad definitely needs a breath of fresh air. Just ditch Gordon Hayward, save some cash and move on from the burden created by our high expectations.