The Boston Celtics got their man. Well…kind of. They have an agreement to sign Gordon Hayward. But getting there is going to be almost as interesting as the circus-like day leading up to Hayward agreeing to sign in Boston.
The Celtics, as currently constructed, do not have the cap space to sign Hayward to a maximum contract outright. Boston has several free agents who have cap holds that will need to be renounced in order to clear space for Hayward to sign. Chief among these is Kelly Olynyk, who as tendered a qualifying offer prior to free agency to make him a restricted free agent. Per several reports, the Celtics are rescinding Olynyk’s qualifying offer and will make him an unrestricted free agent. He’ll join Gerald Green, Jonas Jerebko, Amir Johnson (reportedly agreed to a deal with the 76ers) and James Young as unrestricted free agents.
Cleveland’s only offseason moves were to sign Jose Calderon and Jeff Green to minimum contracts, and bring over 2015 second-round pick Cedi Osman from Turkey.
James was fourth in this year’s MVP voting after averaging 26.4 points along with career highs in 8.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game. With an option in his contract for the 2018-19 season, the four-time MVP could be a free agent as early as next offseason.
Should the Cavaliers be concerned about James leaving next season?
At this point, they have to be. Cleveland is a good situation with talented pieces, but the team had to improve to compete with the Golden State Warriors. They have not improved at all this summer.
The Cavaliers were in the midst of trade talks with the Cheap Kids Jerseys NHL Indiana Pacers Cheap Jerseys Youth and the Chicago Bulls in an effort to acquire either Paul George or Butler, but Griffin was let go of while negotiations were ongoing. They ended shortly after.