I see all the regular(and even some not so regular) doom and bloomers have come out of their posting hiatuses to slam Ainge once again.
There were always going to be 4 options when it came to Hayward this off-season:
1. He would opt in for $34.2 million at which point Ainge could have kept him for the year or traded him, which probably would have been near impossible given the money and he could walk on a team the next season. Hayward was in control of this option and decided against it.
2. Hayward opts out and agrees to a long term extension in Boston. This would need mutual desire on both parts. Hayward doesn't appear he wanted this. His wife didn't want this and at what Gordon signed for, there is no way Ainge wanted this.
3. Hayward opts out. Danny finds a suitor for a sign and trade that Hayward would work a contract out with while simultaneously getting what both teams wanted to deal in the sign and trade.
4. Hayward signs with a team with cap space.
After Hayward opted out there were just 3 options and it appears another option was removed by Hayward for personal reasons. So it came down to options 3 and 4.
Sure there was a ton of talk about Atlanta and New York being interested and Indiana willing to pay $100 over 4 years, though who knows how much would have been guaranteed. But Hayward removed that option by taking option 4, going for the truly big money to a team with cap space.
Why are Boston fans so miffed. It takes two teams to agree to a trade and it takes two teams and a player to agree to a sign and trade. For all we know Ainge and Pritchard was going to agree to terms on a sign and trade but Hayward decided for Charlotte.
It's just wrong to assume if Ainge and Pritchard had come to terms 20 hours ago that Hayward would have agreed to the sign and trade. If Hayward's agent was smart, and given the contract Hayward got, I think that's is probably true, he wasn't going to allow Gordon to accept Indy's offer without first exhausting all other opportunities that were being offered.
I just don't get the extremely strong vitriol towards Ainge here. Hayward decided where he wanted to go, not Ainge.
But, if you only come here just to moan and complain about the team, the coach and the GM, today must be like Christmas for you, regardless if any of it is in the least bit warranted.
On another note, so many fans sound so petty and spoiled..Poor Celtics..we are ruined for life
Letís fire Danny because Hayward got an insane deal from a team with salary space
Letís fire Danny cause he made that horrible draft day trade with the Sixers and took Tatum
Letís fire Danny for taking that ďchump Brown with the third pick years ago
Letís fire Danny cause we know he should have taken Randle over Smart!
Letís fire Danny since he let Cryie leave and turned it into a Kemba
We have two budding superstars in Brown and Tatum who are 22 and 24.
We have a superstar in Kemba
We have a superhero defensive juggernaut in Smart who is the heart of what a true Celtics player should be
How many teams like the Knicks or Kings or TWolves would die to have a team like we have.
Guess what, Tatum and Brown are still a few years from hitting their peak..imagine that for a second...
Our top priority now should be signing Tatum to his extension. Now, if he decided to leave and join Cryie, you can fire Ainge 😁