Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart Are ‘Absolutely Not Available’ In a Trade

The Boston Celtics are not looking to make a big-time trade anytime soon.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Celtics have “made it clear to anyone who has asked that their core players are absolutely not available.” That group of core players includes Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart.

The Celtics currently sit atop of the Eastern Conference with an 11-3 record, tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for first place in the conference. So far this season, they have beaten other top teams in the Eastern Conference, including Milwaukee and the Toronto Raptors.

Since losing Al Horford and Aron Baynes this past offseason, the biggest concern for Boston was how they’d handle their big man situation. Enes Kanter isn’t exactly the perfect replacement for either those two, and Robert Williams is still very young and has a lot to learn.

So far, this team has handled that situation pretty well. They’ve had guys like Daniel Theis and Robert Williams step up big time. Grant Williams has surprised a lot of fans with how well he’s played as the small-ball center for Boston.

But yet, fans still believe Boston should trade for a big-name player. That’s fine, but who exactly are we going to trade to make this happen? If Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were considered untouchable in trades for Kawhi Leonard or Anthony Davis, I have no idea who they would be packaged for. Kemba Walker is going nowhere, and according to Windhorst, neither are Smart and Hayward.

Besides both the Jays making a huge jump this year, Gordon Hayward has been the biggest reason why this season has gone so well for Boston. He’s fully recovered from his devastating injury from two years ago and was playing like an All-Star before he broke his hand.

Marcus Smart finally found his shot and has turned into one of the better three-point shooters in the league. No, seriously, Marcus Smart has been on fire from behind the arc. Not just that, but he’s arguably been the best defender in the NBA so far. He’s making an early case for Defensive Player of the Year and his defensive abilities have been rubbing off on his teammates.

That being said, it should be no surprise that the Celtics would refuse to move any of these players. They have a good thing going and everybody loves playing with each other. The Celtics won’t be deep in trade talks this year unless a superstar player becomes available that isn’t right now. You can’t count out Trader Danny.

The Celtics may be more active in the buyout market when that time comes and might make smaller trades involving bench players, but the core of Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Gordon Hayward will be sticking around for at least this year.

Photo: David Butler II-USA Today Sports

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