Boston Celtics Should Target Gordon Hayward

By Michael LeDuc
Gordon Hayward
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Recent reports have suggested that the Boston Celtics are interested in acquiring Utah Jazz gunner Gordon Hayward. This rumor came as no surprise considering Brad Stevens coached Hayward at Butler. The reports have also claimed that Danny Ainge was not willing to part with one of his many first-round draft picks. Ainge should re-consider and make it an endeavor to obtain Hayward’s services.

If Utah is asking for this year’s draft pick, which could potentially be a lottery pick, then Ainge should absolutely say no to the deal. But, if it’s the Los Angeles Clippers‘ first-round pick that belongs to Boston next year, a  future Celtics draft pick, or maybe even this year’s first-rounder from the Brooklyn Nets, then Ainge needs to be receptive to the Jazz’ offer.  What’s the point of having a ton of draft picks if you’re not going to use them in a trade?

The 23-year old would be a tremendous fit with the Celtics — not only for his ties with Stevens, but rather his style of play and his skill set, which would work well in the current system.  Hayward is by no means a superstar, but he can do a little bit of everything. At 6-foot-8, he’s long with a dead-eye 3-point shot. He is an unselfish passer, rebounds effectively, comes up with steals and plays solid team defense. He’s also versatile, playing both wing positions at small forward and shooting guard.

Lots of offensive opportunities would be created for Hayward if he played alongside Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger. Rondo because of his great play-making ability, and Sullinger because of his post play and tendency to draw the double-team. A catch-and-shoot player would be ideal in this offense.

The Celtics could potentially acquire Hayward through various means. The Celtics could offer Utah Avery Bradley and a future draft pick, or even just two future draft picks in exchange for Hayward would be sufficient. One possibility is a three-way trade involving the Charlotte Bobcats. Boston could send Jeff Green to the Bobcats, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Clippers’ 2015 draft pick would be traded to Utah. Then, Hayward would end up in Boston.

The trade deadline is tomorrow, so Ainge had better get busy in the next 24 hours.

Michael LeDuc is a Boston Celtics writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @mike_leduc, and add him on Google.

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