Let’s all be honest: Gordon Hayward did nothing these last three seasons and contributed little to the Celtics two trips to the eastern conference finals these past three years. Often injured, when it seems he is about to turn a corner another incident sidelined him for a prolonged period of time.
When healthy Hayward adds the fourth dimension to the Celtics offense. Is he overpaid? Yes. But we’re trying to make the best of a less than desirable situation. Danny Ainge paid for the All-Star Hayward. The A-1 man on a fifty-win squad Hayward. Instead we got Richard Jefferson. That’s what happens when you fracture your tibia and dislocate your leg. You’re likely never to return the same.
Still, like Jar Jar Binks to the Phantom Menace, Hayward remained the key to the Celtics title hopes. When going strong the Celtics looked extremely formidable despite their lackluster depth. I’ll die on the hill if he remained healthy, the way he was playing in the bubble portion of the season, the Celtics coast by Miami and defeat the top-heavy Lakers in the finals. A las, the script could not have been flipped. And as her usual, the misfortune of the Celtics helped their most hated rival. What else is new?
How the Hell Hayward going to turn down $34 million in the middle of a pandemic? I understand he isn’t happy watching his role deemphasized, but, again, you got hurt and opened the door to the Jays. You don’t really need the ball to be awesome anyway. There’s room on the floor for him. But he doesn’t see it like that.
Surely this article will become dated in the very near future. Just because he’s opted out doesn’t mean he’s gone gone. Perhaps he’ll survey the market, find very little interest and come back to Boston on a new deal.
Fuck if I know. Everything is so schizophrenic.