Hayward is entering his prime

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Game Larry Johnson Jersey In Hayward, the Celtics get, for my money, one of the 15 best players in the NBA. In today’s modern NBA, wings who can create offense, defend capably and provide positional versatility are valued above all else. Over the last three years, Hayward has averaged 20 points, five rebounds and four assists per game while doing so on above average efficiency as well as while playing above average defense.

He’s also 6-8 and capable of playing up and down the lineup from the 2 through the 4 while giving all sorts of different lineups versatility and options. And at just 27 years old, Hayward is entering his prime, unlike many free agents signing deals later in their careers.

So where does Boston go from here? Now, it will have to release the qualifying offer to Kelly Olynyk, making him an unrestricted free agent, and waive Jordan Mickey. It will then have a decision to make. Boston is still about four million short of the max. That means they’ll have to trade one of Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley or Jae Crowder.

The third inning brought a two-out fielding error by Brewers shortstop Jonathan Villar to give the Yankees a pair of runners with one out. But after Brett Gardner was caught stealing, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez struck out to end the inning. Another crisis averted despite three errors and the Yankees leading 1-0 after three innings.

Bogdanovic’s best hope is that the Kings, in need of a small forward, miss on other targets and put together an offer that the Wizards won’t match. It’s not likely to be in the salary range Bogdanovic wants, but he could soon find himself short on options.

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