NBA All-Star Gordon Hayward has officially signed with the Boston Celtics, per The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
— The Vertical (@TheVertical) July 5, 2017
The 27-year-old forward comes off a breakout season in which he averaged career highs of 21.7 points and 5.4 rebounds to go along with a solid 47 percent from the field. In addition, Hayward was named to his first All-Star game as a reserve for the Western Conference while helping the Utah Jazz to 51 wins and their first playoff appearance since 2012. He’s spent all 7 of his NBA seasons in Salt Lake City after the team selected him 9th overall in the 2010 draft.
The deal with Boston reportedly includes a player option for the 4th year. What does this mean for the Celtics? Do they have a legitimate chance at knocking Cleveland out of the Eastern Conference throne with Hayward on board?
Hayward receives a player option in the fourth year of his Boston contract, league sources tell The Vertical. https://t.co/mCP9r5wdXz
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 4, 2017
The C’s are getting a non-ball dominant star who will compliment Isaiah Thomas offensively. Something to note now is their loaded small forward position, which already included Jae Crowder along with young stud Jaylen Brown, and no. 3 overall pick, Jayson Tatum.
It is possible that general manager Danny Ainge has an additional deal in the works. At any rate, Boston isn’t only trying to stack up for the future, they’re trying to beat Cleveland and Golden State now. Wether Hayward’s arrival will be enough to achieve that, only time will tell.