Okay, I REALLY didn’t want to write this article. I didn’t want to write this because this is one of the worst takes in basketball history, but yet there are people that really do believe that the Celtics should trade Kyrie Irving and/or Gordon Hayward for another superstar.
First things first, you’re telling me you want to trade TWO superstars for ONEsuperstar?
Anthony Davis is a top-5 NBA player, maybe even higher. I would do dirty things for AD to end up in Boston, but I’m a realist and I know that simply wouldn’t be possible unless we broke up our core or wait to try and sign him in free agency in a few years. Trading Kyrie away for any player who isn’t a guard is just idiotic. Who will play point guard? Yes, we have Scary Terry. Yes, Scary Terry has been one of the best performers in these playoffs. But you already have Kyrie Irving. Kyrie is a solidified top-3 (I would say top-2) point guard in the NBA. You can’t get much better than that. Anthony Davis would cost a whole lot, and I don’t think I would even be willing to give up either Jaylen or Jayson for him at this point for him. And this article isn’t even abut trading them away.
All this Anthony Davis trade talk I can handle, but as soon as I started to hear about trading for Kawhi Leonard, I knew something was wrong. I’m sorry if these next few lines anger Spurs’ fans, but I have to say it: Kawhi Leonard is not worth trading Kyrie OR Hayward for. Kawhi is coming off a year-long injury that made the NBA world question what the hell was going on with him and the Spurs’ organization. I also hate to say it, but when Kawhi comes back, he won’t be a solidified top-3 NBA player like he was when he was healthy. Now, you have LeBron, KD, Steph, Giannis, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, James Harden, and Kyrie (who, yes, I’d argue is better at this very moment) that you can argue are ahead of Kawhi as far as best players in the NBA goes. I’m not saying he won’t return to his old self and become that player again, I’m just saying it’ll take a while to regain that spot. I wouldn’t even trade Kyrie for Kawhi straight up. I wouldn’t even trade Hayward for Kawhi straight up. Why wouldn’t I pull the trigger on a Kawhi trade? Answer this question for me: why would you break something up that has the potential to be so special, but we just haven’t seen it yet?
Bottom line is, you don’t fix something that isn’t broken. Gordon Hayward was an All-Star who was averaging 20 points per game the season before he got hurt. And Kyrie, well, he’s Kyrie freaking Irving. All these analysts and bloggers that say stuff like this, and get people like me to talk about it, need to realize that the Celtics are going to be something special next year. Give the Celtics a full year of a Kyrie/Hayward/Horford/Brown/Tatum run, and then we’ll see if all these people still want to make these trades.
The Celtics are going to be championship contenders for years and years to come. Why spoil that? Boston is exceeding expectations without it’s two best players, so you want to trade them? No, wait a few months and realize we don’t need to change anything. The team is perfect the way it is now and I couldn’t be more excited to see everyone back next year.