Marcus Smart lavishes praise on Gordon Hayward: ‘He’s an awesome player’
Count Marcus Smart among those who thinks Gordon Hayward would look good in green.
When speaking to reporters Tuesday at his annual summer basketball camp at Brandeis University, Smart lavished Hayward with praise. “He’s an awesome player,” Smart said, via MassLive’s Jay King. “He’s a dude who understands the game really well. I think it’s because he had [Celtics coach> Brad >Stevens> as a coach. Nah, I’m kidding. He’s incredible. He’s a great player, he’s a great guy, and I think I speak for a lot of guys in this league when I say that.”
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Celtics will target Hayward in free agency, which begins July 1. Wojnarowski also says Boston is planning to make a run at Pacers forward Paul George, who can opt out of his contract at the end of 2018. If Hayward signs elsewhere, the Celtics could pursue Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who’s also a free agent.
It seems as if the Celtics are gearing up for an active offseason. After trading the No. 1 overall pick to the 76ers last week, Boston now owns potentially six first-round selections over the next three years.
The Celtics were linked to Hayward even before the Philly trade, due to his ties with Stevens. Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford followed him on Instagram earlier this month, and Hayward’s wife posted a now-deleted picture on Instagram of the couple’s young daughter wearing a shirt with a shamrock that says, “Go Green.”
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