Gordon Hayward and the Boston Celtics are officially a basketball item, as the team announced Hayward’s signing via press release Friday afternoon.
The All-Star swingman comes to the Celtics via free agency and the Utah Jazz. But Hayward’s arrival comes at a price. And not just big man Jordan Mickey, waived late Thursday. The team also traded guard Avery Bradley (to the Detroit Pistons for forward Marcus Morris) to help make room for Hayward — who is getting a maximum deal of four years and $128 million.
Hayward announced his decision to join the Celtics in a written piece for The Players’ Tribune.
The Celtics finished with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season, but fell in five games to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals. It will be interesting to see if the addition of Hayward will actually increase their odds.
Here’s more from around the NBA:
- The Pistons have officially announced the free-agent signing of forward Anthony Tolliver, waived by the Sacramento Kings. This will be Tolliver’s second stint in Detroit.
- The Indiana Pacers have officially traded C.J. Miles to the Toronto Raptors for point guard Cory Joseph. It was actually a sign-and-trade arrangement, with Miles receiving a new contract reportedly for three years and $25 million.
- Oklahoma City Thunder big man Nick Collison has agreed to a one-year deal with the team, then will retire following the season, according to a report from The Vertical. He has spent all 15 years old his career with the organization.
- The Golden State Warriors have officially re-signed key reserve guard Shaun Livingston.
- Brandon Paul of Turkey and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ summer team has officially signed with the San Antonio Spurs.