Hindsight is always 20-20.
I wish he didn't get injured. I wished IT was 7" taller too. I think Hayward will fit into any style of play the Celtics can dream up. He can pass well, score well, rebound, and defend.
I'm thankful for the team and organization we have.
Me, too - which is what made me think of the question. We assigned 30% of our cap to a player who played a total of 5 minutes and we still went to the ECF last year. Not only without Hayward, but without Kyrie, too - that is crazy!
But, in another world where we didn't make the BKN trade (or the Tatum/Fultz deal by extension), we re-signed IT to a huge contract, and Horford chose to go elsewhere, well, then this would put us in an entirely different position. Our entire livelihood would have depended on Hayward and it would have been devastating.
I was just trying to ask the question, if you had it to do all over again, would you make a different decision? One of my main reasons for being in the middle is because Danny has been on one of the greatest GM runs of all-time. If he wasn't able to sign Hayward, he surely would have made other dramatic moves. Can't we assume another impact player, say of Joe Ingles' caliber, probably would have pushed us to the Finals. That would have been exciting! And it still would have allowed us to sign our own FAs when the time comes next spring.
Like I said, though, good for Celtics Strong nation. You people really are a stand-up crowd. Having Hayward's back like this is not something all franchises can count on. I can't imagine the Miami Heat fans are too happy still paying Chris Bosh's max contract, despite the fact that he helped bring them two championships.
I guess what you are talking about is return on investment. Have we got the return on the investment we made in our asset? If you look at it right now then obviously the answer is no, because the asset got injured and in the time it took for him to recover additional assets increased in value which made him look like he was worth less.
But when you're really looking at return on investment you'd want a longer time horizon than one year (unless that's how long you signed him for). He was signed for 4 years and sure one year was wasted but there's still 3 years to go on the investment and we'll get a better idea on how to answer your question after we've seen some games under his belt.
Yeah, as of now we haven't gotten the production one would want from $30m of spending, obviously.
However, I don't think that there was any guys at the time who we'd rather. Mill sap managed ~30 or so games. Gallo regularly hovers around 50 games. Was Blake Griffin a FA? I can't remember.
Even in terms of resigning Rozier/Morris, regardless of having Hayward or not having Rozier demand $20m/year would be problematic, because he really isn't that good. No regrets for me
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