Probably the biggest question everyone has been frantically refreshing Twitter updates for this free agency now has an answer: Gordon Hayward will be donning green this fall and joining the Celtics and his college coach, Brad Stevens.
While many expected him to journey to Miami or back to Utah and #stayward, he ultimately decided to join an up and coming roster already stacked with weapons that now has yet another major offensive boost. Adding Hayward to a tandem of Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford will undoubtedly give Boston a never before seen scoring presence that could elevate them to the actual team to beat in the East.
However, like always this signing carries more questions than answers. Now that the Celtics have added Hayward, they now have 3 small forwards on the roster including Jaylen Brown and the newly acquired Jayson Tatum. How are they supposed to find equal minutes for all three without sacrificing player development? Sure, someone could move positions, but that lineup could be a defensive liability.
Also, the Celtics will need to shed cap space to sign Hayward. And let's not even talk about Isaiah Thomas who is a free agent next year... While this can be done by renouncing contracts on players headed to free agency, Kelly Olynyk already being one of them, another vital role player such as Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder, or even Avery Bradley will have to be traded off.
Lastly, the Celtics still haven't addressed their more than desperate needs on the glass and defensive side, which allowed the Cavs to demolish them in the ECF. They will probably have to let go of even more assets to get a monumental big man. Reportedly, they have been entertaining talks to fix this need.
Bringing Hayward on has brought Boston the piece they've all been waiting for to finally become a dangerous title contender, and with both Jimmy Butler and Paul George leaving the East, this couldn't have come at a better time. But, they have to fix holes on their roster to truly be Finals bound.
(Written by @brinwo4)