SmartWentCrazy wrote:hugepatsfan wrote:Celts17Pride wrote:In my opinion it would not surprise me if Gordon Hayward was traded if he opts into his last year of his contract.
This is a very Ainge thing to do. Trade a vet on the last year of his contract for a young player, vet and draft pick.
Also puts the Celtics in a better cap position.
I honestly would be surprised if this doesn’t happen.
Not disagreeing with the logic here but when you actually look around the NBA and think about the teams who would be interested, what they could/would offer, our own roster spot crunch, and then our status as a contender a trade feels very unlikely.
Im quite confident the Warriors would flip Wiggins and their pick to get Hayward and 17. Ainge would then need to figure out who he could flip Wiggins into in combination with several of our other picks.
Would people be mad if we flipped Hayward and 17 into the Warriors pick and Horford? I think I’d be down for that.
Not sure we can financially afford that. The reason people are thinking about trading Hayward instead of re-signing him is because of money. Wiggins and Horford are each on long term deals for probably higher salaries than Hayward will get in FA next year. A top 5 pick can also be up to $10M/year. Financially I'm just not sure we can afford that type of deal with the luxury tax implications.