The Boston Celtics could look to trade their $32M man this offseason in Gordon Haayward, and there likely will be a few suitable teams that could vie for his services.
When the Boston Celtics inked Gordon Hayward to a five-year, $127M contract back in the summer of 2017, the hope was that they were attaining a star on the rise ready to help guide the franchise to their first NBA Championship since 2008 alongside the likes of Isaiah Thomas (later exchanged for Kyrie Irving) and Al Horford as the two other keys to their big-3.
Unfortunately, on opening night of his regular-season debut with the shamrocks, the forward came down awkwardly after an alley-oop attempt, fracturing his tibia and dislocating his ankle in his left leg and, in turn, would need season-ending surgey.
Since this fateful day, it has appeared Hayward has struggled to find his footing in the C’s rotation, be it from injury-woes or the emergence of stars at the same or similar positions taking up ample minutes such as Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
By no fault of his own, it would seem as though the marriage between the forward and Boston has been an unmitigated disaster.
Because of this, many have begged the question as to what the team could get in exchange for the former All-Star should they look to pursue a trade. Being that he did just put forth his best season since coming to the team, in which he averaged an impressive 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 38.3 percent shooting from deep, one could certainly say his value is at the highest its been since leaving Utah in free agency three years ago.
While we here at the Houdini have gone into great depths about what a return package could look like in exchange for the veteran’s services, today we’ll be focusing on specific teams that fit the bill in regard to a suitor for Hayward: