Isaiah Thomas doesn’t believe Jae Crowder and Gordon Hayward will have problems
Signing Gordon Hayward seemed to spell the end of Jae Crowder’s time in Boston.
For the sake of ego management as much as cap purposes, you’d believe, too. The 27-year-old Hayward came to the Celtics to be the No. 3 of a Big Three featuring Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford. With that, he’s stealing Crowder’s spot in the starting five. Crowder, while versatile and considered one of the C’s best defenders, would then battle for forward minutes with second-year pro Jaylen Brown and 2017 No. 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum.
Oh, there’s also the fact that Crowder, who is a noted all-caps tweeting enthusiast even when he’s happy, was beyond pissed when Boston fans cheered Hayward during his last visit to the Garden, which obviously came with him still a member of the Jazz.
“I heard the cheering [for Hayward] before the game,” Crowder, who later went on a Twitter tirade that has been for the most part deleted (here’s a remnant), admitted then. “I didn’t like that at all. I think that was a sign of disrespect to me from the fans.”
With Avery Bradley designated as the cap-casualty traded to the Pistons for Marcus Morris, instead of Crowder, and with Danny Ainge admitting that they love what they have in Crowder, the duo once viewed as one-or-the-other will now be asked to work as a tandem.
But will that cause unrest between them?
Not according to the team’s MVP, the 5-foot-9 Thomas.
“Nah, we’re trying to win a championship,” Thomas told CSNNE when asked of any potential issues with Crowder and Hayward. “We put all that aside. We’re gonna try to figure faster, I mean sooner rather than later. And then try to compete for a championship. All those other things, I think it goes out the window now that you’re teammates.”
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Source: GreenStreet Blog