The offseason in the NBA continues to be eventful as more big names change teams. Gordon Hayward has finally made a decision and has landed on the Boston Celtics. This gives the Celtics another superstar to combat Lebron James in the eastern conference. As a result of this signing the Boston Celtics are now serious contenders for the NBA finals and have the strength to beat the Cavaliers. Hayward is a nice compliment to Isaiah Thomas and comes off of a season averaging 21.9 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. The Celtics now have a well rounded roster with Isaiah Thomas at point guard, Avery Bradley at shooting guard, Hayward at small forward, Jordan Mickey at power forward and Al Horford at Center. In addition to these players the Celtics have a couple of young and intriguing prospects in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, their first round pick.
In other news, Paul George has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Paul George averaged almost 24 points and 7 rebounds per game. This trade gives the Thunder another playmaker and helps them contend for an NBA finals appearance. However given how tough the Western Conference has become it might be a while before the Thunder get back to the finals. For the Pacers the trade gives them depth while they are in the middle of a rebuild. The Pacers did not have much of a choice in this trade as Paul George stated he was going to sign with another team as soon as his contract expired.
The other major move over the weekend was a three team trade involving the Hawks, Nuggets and Clippers. The Clippers gave the Hawks Jamal Crawford and a first round pick in exchange for being able to sign Danilo Gallinari from the Nuggets. The Nuggets receive a second round pick from Atlanta.