Gordon Hayward is entering an offseason that will be full of decisions. First and foremost, he will have to decide on his nearly $34.2 million player option with the Boston Celtics, which he is likely to exercise. Then, the Celtics will have to decide whether or not to trade him, which is where the Los Angeles Lakers could come into play.
While the Celtics have received a good season from Hayward, moving him might be in the best interest of their future. He simply isn’t worth the $34.2 million they would have to pay him, especially with him playing the same position as star Jayson Tatum.
Should Boston consider trading Hayward, the Lakers could make perfect sense as a trade partner. Hayward would slide in nicely alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
During the 2019-20 season in 52 games, Hayward ended up averaging 17.5 points per game to go along with 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He shot 50 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 38.3 percent of his three-point attempts.
All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at how and why the Lakers could acquire Hayward from the Celtics should they choose to go that route.