Stop me if you have heard this before: college player thrives under coach. College player heads to NBA and enjoys success. Former
coach heads to NBA. Rumors swirl that player and coach seek to unite in order to recapture some of the magic that led to earlier success.
By now, I know you have deduced that the NBA trade rumors to which I am referring today are the ones that have the Boston Celtics eyeing Utah Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward. Hayward’s name is one that had been thrown out there earlier this season as a player that the Celtics, presumably at the request of head coach Brad Stevens, were making inquiries about, but now that the trade deadline is nearly upon us, his name has re-surfaced, according to A. Sherrod Blakely over at CSNNE.com:
The Celtics have expressed some interest in acquiring Utah’s Gordon Hayward, a league source tells CSNNE.com.
Hayward, who starred for Celtics head coach Brad Stevens while at Butler, will become a restricted free agent this summer after he and the Jazz could not come to terms on an extension this past fall.
Hayward, Utah’s leading scorer this year at 16.2 PPG, is expected to hit the market as a restricted free agent this summer, since he and the Jazz were unable to agree on a contract extension. Boston could simply wait for the offseason to roll around and attempt to woo him to come play for Boston then, but there’s always the chance that Utah could surprise everyone and match the Celtics’ offer, so apparently Boston is hoping to acquire him via trade. Problem is, it would appear that the Jazz are not interested in either Rajon Rondo or Jeff Green, and are looking to snag some of the picks that Trader Danny and company have been stockpiling as of late. If that’s the case, I doubt Boston will seriously pursue this move.
It’s too bad the Cs could not find a way to package Green and possibly Gerald Wallace in order to bring Hayward over. He’s a good young player on a crummy Utah team, and it would be fun to watch him play under Stevens once again, especially with Rondo feeding him the rock. I’ll keep you posted if anything becomes of this rumor. Until then, what do you think of the possible move?