The Boston Celtics have a lot to do before they can contend for a championship once again. Although landing Gordon Hayward would not make them an instant contender, he would be a perfect building piece.
Have been told that both Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens have contacted Utah’s Gordon Hayward. #Celtics
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) July 1, 2014
Although the Utah Jazz aren’t coming off of that great of a season — finished last in the West — Hayward definitely is. This past season, he put up 16.2 points per game, 5.2 assists per game and 5.1 rebounds per game. His three-point shooting percentage was way down, but that is something he can work on.
Just imagine a young core or Marcus Smart and Gordon Hayward. Smart would ideally run the point — assuming Rajon Rondo gets traded — and Hayward would do his thing at the other guard position. Hayward is still young at 24 years old and Smart was just drafted by Boston. Also picked in the 2014 NBA Draft was James Young.
Young needs some work on his game, but he has the talent to be a serious scorer in this league. Playing behind Hayward and coming off of the bench would be a perfect situation for the Celtics’ young guard.
Hayward probably doesn’t have the talent to lead Boston to an NBA title, but his best days are yet to come. Add in the fact that Brad Stevens is the head coach of Boston — former coach of Butler — and you have quite the reunion set in place. Hayward played for the Bulldogs when Stevens was the head coach. You could say that they had some success — made the championship game together.