Celtics Beat: Adam Himmelsbach expects Celtics to keep Gordon Hayward

Himmelsbach said the Celtics want to make it work with Gordon Hayward on this week's episode of Celtics Beat.

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“Trade Gordon Hayward!”

Boston Globe insider Adam Himmelsbach weighs in on what moves the Celtics could make this offseason and their draft plans, along with what the team plans to do with Gordon Hayward. Adam Kaufman and Evan Valenti host Celtics Beat Podcast every week on CLNS Media. 0:30-5:28 Bob Ryan recap 5:31-11:21 What's next for Gordon Hayward11:21-15:56 How do Celtics compare to Raptors, 76ers, east? 15:57-20:41 Robert Williams improvement 20:41-24:51 Romeo Langford 25:28-29:42 Celtics NBA Draft history 29:43-33:17 Aron Baynes to Celtics? 33:18-36:05 Can Kemba Walker bounce back? 41:44-47:45 Celtics trade targets

It’s become the early rallying cry among parts of the Celtics fanbase after Hayward missed time with a broken hand then an ankle sprain to close the season. Hayward returned in the Eastern Conference Finals two weeks early, per Gary Washburn, and struggled. With one year left on his deal, injuries abound through the first three and a $36 million player option some want to see him gone.

Adam Himmelsbach joined the Celtics Beat Podcast this week and told Adam Kaufman and Evan Valenti not to expect that to happen. The expectation is that Hayward will exercise his hefty player option and the Celtics intend to make it work with him. He did shoot 50% from the field, 38% from three and 85% from the free throw line when he played last year, stats in line with his last all-star season in Utah.

Adam Himmelsbach from the Boston Globe joined Celtics Beat this week and said that while fans may be low on Gordon Hayward after a string of injuries derailed his otherwise successful 2020 season, the Celtics intend to keep him. Hayward has a $34 million player option for the final year of his contract with Boston and Himmelsbach said do not expect the C's to trade him if he exercises it. Full episode: https://dai.ly/x7wp1zjThe CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams & venues.———————————————————————————VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter – @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlay

“He’s had some brutal luck frankly, it’s not like these injuries he’s suffering are because he’s frail or something,” Himmelsbach said. “There aren’t a lot of Gordon Haywards out there … that’s a pretty big asset to have … the sense I’ve gotten from the organization is that they’re still big Gordon guys.”

With Hayward signed and none of the other core four players departing, the options to improve are limited on a luxury tax team. The Celtics wield a tax-payer mid level exception, roster spots and three mid-to-late round NBA Draft picks.

Himmelsbach and Celtics Beat briefly previewed that draft with Danny Ainge’s draft history. Aside from Avery Bradley, Terry Rozier and Rajon Rondo, Ainge has not routinely nailed those portions of the NBA Draft especially with recent examples like Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. Himmelsbach said not to give up on one of those picks yet, Robert Williams.

Danny Ainge has drafted the likes of Jared Sullinger, Guerschon Yabusele and Jordan Mickey in the middle and late rounds of the NBA Draft. Other years brought Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo, showing that Ainge can hit in the middle of the draft as the Celtics pick #14 in a draft with no sure talents. Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe weighed in on the upcoming draft and one of Ainge's recent late round picks, Robert Williams. Full episode: https://dai.ly/x7wp1zjThe CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams & venues.———————————————————————————VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter – @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlay

“After the restart and these playoff games, there where times he didn’t play at all, there were times you were like Rob, what are you doing out there? But I thought it was the longest string of encouraging moments that we’ve seen.”