Celtics could trade Gordon Hayward to Cavs for Andre Drummond

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The Boston Celtics will be seeking a trade partner to take on Gordon Hayward if he ends up exercising his $34.19 million player option. The Cleveland Cavaliers could be a potential suitor— involving Andre Drummond.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on his “Hoop Collective” podcast, the Cavaliers could involve Drummond in a trade with the Celtics in a deal to land Hayward. Boston is looking to trade up in the NBA Draft and has three 1st round picks to make it happen.

There is a clear benefit for the Celtics to pursue Drummond as a trade target considering the weakness they have at the center position. Adding an elite rebounder and high-level roll man would help Boston to matchup with teams that have interior size like the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers.

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It would be fascinating to see Drummond on a high-level team like the Celtics. He has spent many years on underwhelming rosters— often receiving the blame for the Detroit Pistons’ shortcomings. He could flourish with real perimeter talent around him.

The Cavaliers need to find a legitimate answer on the wing to pair with Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. That’s where Hayward would come into play. He would be able to take on a larger role while being close to his hometown of Indianapolis.

A potential trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics appears to be a genuinely mutually beneficial outcome. Andre Drummond and Gordon Hayward would each be able to fill a desired role while playing out their player options.

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