Free agency hasn’t even started yet, but Jimmy Butler was introduced as the newest member of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday just before Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets. With several other big names either on the market or on the trade block, it’s time to get used to the idea of stars wearing different uniforms. Here’s a look at several of the scenarios that are in play:
Gordon Hayward to Celtics
How does this make sense? Well, this has only been discussed for years. Hayward played for Brad Stevens at Butler, and Boston would love to add him to a roster that was already good enough to get the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are an attractive destination because they have great complementary pieces, plus they have all sorts of avenues to get better, from improving young players to potential trades. Hayward would be a snug fit in Stevens’ system, and Boston would be lucky to add a player of his caliber on a maximum contract. He has been excellent for a while, but last season he took major steps on both ends of the court.