Fantasy Slant: Celtics Sign F Gordan Hayward

By Vincent Frank on Wednesday, July 5th 2017
Fantasy Slant: Celtics Sign F Gordan Hayward

The Boston Celtics won the three-team sweepstakes for All-Star forward Gordon Hayward, signing the forward to a four-year, $127.8 million contract on Tuesday. 

Hayward was in the midst of choosing between Boston, the Miami Heat and his now former Utah Jazz squad. He takes less money than he would have earned if the All-Star had decided to remain in Salt Lake City. 

Hayward, now joins a Celtics team that already includes a player in Isaiah Thomas that averaged nearly 30 points per game last season. It's the type of help he did not have in Utah. And from a fantasy perspective, could impact his usage rate to an extent moving forward. 

Having improved in each of the seven seasons he's been in the NBA, Hayward is coming off a career-best performance in 2016-17 that saw him average 21.9 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting at a 47 percent clip from the field. 

We can potentially expect his points per game average to dip to under 20, but Hayward remains a viable starting three in standard fake basketball leagues. 

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