Aron Baynes started the third quarter in place of Hayward last night and it sounds like this was planned and will be the plan while Hayward is still on his minutes restriction.
I think this is a smart move by Stevens and maybe should continue even when Hayward is back 100%. I know there are posters here who think Baynes should be a full starter. I love this little shuffle as a way of keeping Hayward a starter helping ensure his rhythm and confidence but also coming out of halftime with a bigger, tougher lineup.
It's also a convenient way of staggering minutes for the top 5 and giving Hayward time to run some offense with the bench, against other benches.
Mock Trade Deadline Trailblazers and Knicks Rosters:
G: Lillard, McCollum, Curry, Simons, Baldwin, Stauskas, Trent. F: Aminu, Turner, Harkless, Leonard, Swanigan, Layman. C: Nurkic, Collins,
G: Hardaway, Lee, Mudiay, Nitilikina, Trier, Burke, Dotson. F: Porzingis, Thomas, Hicks, Hezonja, Knox, Kornet, Vonleh. C: Kanter, Robinson