Salary cap situation makes Celtics desperate to land Gordon Hayward

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Salary cap situation makes Celtics desperate to land Gordon Hayward

Post by bobheckler on Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:20 am

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Bulpett: Salary cap situation makes Celtics desperate to land Gordon Hayward



Steve Bulpett



Sunday, July 02, 2017




Credit: Associated Press
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward goes up for a dunk against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday,
March 3, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)



The Celtics don’t just want to get Gordon Hayward to agree to a free agent contract.

The Celtics need to make this deal happen.

And it’s not just for the fact they have to get a consistent producer of offense on the wing to complement Isaiah Thomas (and vice versa) and change the way opponents can deal with them.

No, the Celts need to make their case in their presentation today and get this done because of the math. This will be their last chance to shop in the Marquee Free Agent department for the foreseeable future. After this summer, they won’t have the necessary room on their credit card to do anything more than window shop when the big-time talents become available.

As it stands, the C’s will have to pare down their roster to create room for a maximum contract that will be Hayward’s of he should choose to move to Boston. But it’s not as if Danny Ainge can simply put that money back in the bank if he whiffs on the 6-foot-8 All-Star.

Thomas and Avery Bradley will be unrestricted free agents next summer. Marcus Smart will be a restricted free agent. All three will get paid, be it here or somewhere else. The Celts probably can’t keep and sign all three, but whomever remains will take a severe bite out of their room under the cap and take them out of the free agent game for the stars.

So it’s critical that Brad Stevens is able to successfully recruit Hayward for a second time. The pitch will necessarily be different from when he got him to play at Butler, but it will be similar in some ways, too.

No doubt Stevens long ago convinced Hayward he understood his game and could put him in the best positions to succeed, and, really, it will be the same now. Hayward has developed a very good relationship with Jazz coach Quin Snyder, and he is said to be rightfully impressed with Heat bench boss Erik Spoelstra. But he has to have an important comfort level with Stevens that the Celts will be hoping can be a given as they try to sell Hayward on the prospects of joining a team that won 53 games, made it to the Eastern Conference finals and is markedly ahead of schedule on a rebuild that he’d significantly assist.

The C’s can no longer tell him that if he signs here, they will maybe even give up a little more than they want to take a shot with Paul George and create a club that could possibly have an edge on Cleveland in the race to the NBA Finals. The Pacers took that bargaining tool out of the Celts’ kit by sending George to Oklahoma City, and now the Shamrocks are looking at more of a grind to reach the last series.

The Finals are, however, a more realistic goal in closer proximity here than in Miami or Utah, and it’s fair to assume that the Celtics contingent will be laying that reality on pretty thick today. Something along the lines of “This is what happened here without you. What effect would adding a guy who averaged 21.9 points and shot 39.8 percent on 3-pointers have?”

No matter where he signs, Hayward will almost certainly ink a deal that gives him the option to sever after three years. That would bring him to 10 years in the NBA and make him eligible for the top-level maximum contract. On each of the teams he is considering, he will be featured enough that he doesn’t have to worry about hurting his value and, thus, his chance at the bigger money.

To this point, the Celtics have been able to avoid giving major dough to players who aren’t worth it. But if the move for Hayward falls through, they will be back to praying someone deserving of their assets becomes available. They will be hoping Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum take an accelerated route to their potential.

And even if that comes to fruition, the Celts will have lost their last chance for a while to add a ready-made star without surrendering key players or draft assets that could enhance the product even while it competes deep into the playoffs.

When the Celtics lost out on Kevin Durant last summer, they still had this summer. In terms of free agent pyrotechnics, July 2018 is currently not available to them.



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Re: Salary cap situation makes Celtics desperate to land Gordon Hayward

Post by fierce on Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:34 am

When the Celtics lost out on Kevin Durant last summer, they still had this summer. In terms of free agent pyrotechnics, July 2018 is currently not available to them.

That is why if the Celts miss out on Hayward, they go after Gallo.

Celts ending up not signing anybody better than Crowder will be a setback.

The money is not a big deal because the Celts can afford to pay luxury tax.

I would spend 25m per year on Gallinari for 3 or 4 years.

Having a consolation prize like Gallo is better than no prize at all.
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Re: Salary cap situation makes Celtics desperate to land Gordon Hayward

Post by wideclyde on Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:41 pm

If the Cs do have the money to pay salary cap taxes it certainly does not appear that they are in any hurry to pay such a tax. All potential signings have seemed to be directed towards not going into taxland.

Not sure that I would pay such a tax for only some smaller improvements (and, also not for big help on the boards) this summer knowing what they have to consider next summer when Thomas, Bradley and Smart all eligible to be free agents.

We may just have to wait until some of the top level draft picks become stars in their own right (and, they will get there) with some help from vet minimums and low level free agents this year. I am not against the idea of waiting for the younger guys to become stars, but we still do need to become better on rebounding before next season.

I can definitely live with Jae Crowder as our starting SF again this season. He brings a lot to our team, even if he never becomes a so called "star" player. I fully believe that every team needs a Jae Crowder and we have one. Indeed, we have the original and real one, and I love that we have him. He not only helps to hold our team together, but he also improves every year and will improve again this season.

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