Boston Celtics: 2 multi-team Gordon Hayward trades to the New York Knicks

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In honor of Halloween, the Houdini is haunting the career of Gordon Hayward by trading him off the Boston Celtics and into the scariest possible situation: being the star of the New York Knicks.

When the Houdini trades Gordon Hayward–and it is quite often for those that follow this site (you are awesome by the way)–it is usually with an eye on making the Boston Celtics better and sending him to the best situation to thrive.

Perhaps the former is the primary objective, and if I’m being quite honest with you, the latter might not apply to the destination we are sending him today: the New York Knicks.

The commute to Westchester for practices isn’t the reason why it’s such a tough sell to wear “New York” across one’s chest. In fact, the foliage on the way upstate is likely a calming reprieve from the ballyhoo that comes with wearing orange and blue.

Instead, it’s the years of dysfunction that have led to top free agents sticking their nose up at the prospect of joining such a godforsaken franchise. It’s the fact the team is welcoming a new coach for the fifth time in as many seasons.

Hayward may not be going to the best situation here…but then again the Celtics locker room may not be the best for him as it stands either:

"“He gave the benefit of the doubt over and over to a player that wasn’t ready, to a guy who had history with him, and it rankled that locker room, and it bothered that locker room,” MacMullan said."

Those issues from 2019 were not issues that just washed under the bridge. The fact that he got injured again and then returned to only put up subpar numbers against the Miami Heat may be the final nail in the coffin in the cursed relationship between Hayward and the Boston Celtics.

Here are three trades that hopefully won’t haunt Hayward that involve him being the star of the show on Broadway: