The Indiana Pacers have struggled to get out of the first round of the NBA playoffs over the last few seasons. They could make some considerable changes to their roster and former Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward appears to be a real option.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Hayward is ‘fully focused’ on playing for the Pacers as he surveys his options in NBA free agency.
There has been much talk about the Pacers potentially being best-served breaking their young frontcourt pairing of Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner. It remains to be seen if a trade for Hayward would require Indiana to part with one of those talents.
Many have pointed to Turner as being the most logical of pieces for the Pacers to send the Celtics in a potential sign-and-trade deal for Hayward. Indiana would be able to have a spread lineup around Sabonis manning the middle— the focus of their offense last season.
The Celtics face a need to add a rim protector as seeen in their shortcomings in the NBA playoffs— particularly when matching up with Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
During the 2019-20 NBA season, Gordon Hayward provided the Boston Celtics with averages of 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 52 regular-season appearances.
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