For the past week, the Boston sports radio airwaves have been flooded with talks of a trade for Indiana Pacers star Paul George, and the potential to bring in free agent Gordon Hayward. Both players have been rumored to be potential Celtics for the past year and a half it seems. George because Danny Ainge has been seeking another scoring three since Paul Pierce was traded.
Thank goodness Jimmy Butler was traded to Minnesota so we never have to hear that rumor again. Hayward because of the possible reunion with his college head coach who recruited him when he was 14-years old, and who unlikely lead the tiny Butler Bulldogs to the Final Four twice. In addition, the two are close friends who work out in Indiana during the offseason.
As is the case with most Celtics trade rumors, I tend to believe that this one will not fall through. I think that the biggest storyline of the Celtics preseason will be Jayson Tatum, which is fine if you are on team #BuildDannyBuild. However, for the sake of this blog I will appease those who are all in on believing this trade will happen.
The one unfortunate part of the glorious 2007 Celtics summer trades that brought in Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen is that every trade Danny Ainge will ever make will have to be compared to it. A roster that consists of three players that average over 20-points per game and another All-Star in Al Horford would be one that I believe would make them the best team on paper in the Eastern Conference. Who knows they could even give Golden State a run for their money if Brad Stevens is who green teamers say he is. However, it will not be to the level of the Kevin Garnett deal that happened almost exactly a decade ago.
Kevin Garnett was a hall of fame player before he stepped floor on the parquet as a Celtic. He was the best player in the league during the 2004 season when players such as Shaq, Kobe, and Allen Iverson were all in their prime. You could also say he was the last true power forward we may ever see. By the time Ray Allen landed in Boston he had already cemented himself as one of the best three-point shooters of all-time, played in a conference final, and starred in a Spike Lee movie.
Hayward and George could be more than just the main pieces on the bridge Celtics. They could bring home another championship within a few years when players like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum start to mature. In 2008 though, it was not if that team could win a championship, it was a question of how soon, and they did it in one season.
So just remember Celtics fans to pump the breaks slightly if trader Danny pulls these deals off.
Although, it would be awesome to see another commercial like this one: