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Boston Celtics Free Agent Amir Johnson Could Be Heading To A Familiar Team

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Boston Celtics Free Agent Big Man Amir Johnson Could Be Heading To A Familiar Team In The Toronto Raptors

Earlier this week, it was rumored that the Toronto Raptors contacted Boston Celtics’s forward Amir Johnson with intensions of signing him this off season. Johnson was the Celtic’s main starting Power Forward this season averaging 6.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, and 0.8 bpg. These numbers are pretty low despite the fact that Johnson is a starter.

Even though the numbers do seem low, Amir Johnson does help the Celtics on defense. His big body down below in the post helps Celtics with rebounding and defending the interior. He can also score when necessary. He contributes well to the team.

On the other hand, he seems to have quiet low numbers. He seems to be more of a role player that would be better off coming off the bench versus starting. The Raptors could use Johnson as a back up for Serge Ibaka. This would make the Raptor’s depth on their roster a little bit more dangerous because Ibaka would have a great back up in his place when he needs to sit out during a game. Also Johnson knows how the Raptors because he played for them back in 2009 up until 2013, so it would not be a hard transition.

Overall, this could be a big deal for the Celtics. If they resign him, then they are able to maintain their current depth upon their roster. If he leaves, then Boston will have to look for another great contributor to their roster as far as Power Forwards go. The Toronto Raptors could benefit from Johnson as he would be an ok back up for Ibaka. Now the questions remains: Does Amir Johnson stay or go?

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Gordon Hayward Likely Out For Season, Celtics Looking For Answers

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Not a shock, but it is looking like Gordon Hayward‘s season is over.

After the completion of his surgery in Boston on Wednesday night, it was being reported that Hayward would likely miss the entire season with his ankle injury.

According to Hayward’s agent Mark Bartelstein Hayward is unlikely to return this season, but that he is expected to ” make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form.”

Of course, there is the chance he returns in some type of playoff-bound scenario, but that thought has to be a long ways away. For the moment it is important to figure out what this team can do this season without an all-star forward in the mix.

This will mean added pressure to superstar guard Kyrie Irving and the longest tenured Celtic Marcus Smart. Even without Hayward this Celtics team still should be in the top of the Eastern Conference conversation like they were last season. They are essentially last years team now with a better point guard.

There will be an overreliance on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. But if those two young players can pull through you could see a Celtics team that could be set up better over the long haul than if Hayward was healthy.

Unfortunately for Brad Stevens and company the Boston Celtics have opened their campaign 0-2 and will now look to find themselves moving forward.

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The “Green” Lining

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Not to understate the solemnity of Gordon Hayward‘s injury, but the Boston Celtics are going to be just fine.

Saying, that without one player, the C’s are done for presupposes that this team is short on talent. It’s not.

When a newly acquired superstar goes down, it’s hard for fans to manufacture any positivity. Especially when such a thing happens during the first quarter of the season-opener. But let’s try to take a look at the implications of Hayward’s injury, without myopic jumpiness.

The 2017-18 season is very far from over for the Celtics. Gordon Hayward dislocating his ankle did not fracture Boston’s playoff hopes.

There are a few reassuring abstractions to be made from the box score of Tuesday night’s game, in which Hayward suffered the gruesome left leg injury.

Yes, the C’s lost to the Cavs 99-102, but this team passionately competed. And they mustered up the resolve to do so with one of their best players being escorted to the hospital.

This fact alone suggests that there are guys on this team who are willing, and able, to attempt to fill Gordon Hayward’s Nikes.

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Gordon Hayward Goes Down With Serious Injury

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Something you never want to see.

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward went down with a serious leg injury just five minutes into his Celtics career. Hayward went up for an alley-oop against the Cleveland Cavaliers and came down awkwardly on his leg.

It looked like his ankle was dislocated/fractured.

Upon suffering the injury the game was stopped with players and fans alike in complete disbelief of what had occurred. Hayward was stretchered off the court wearing an air cast on his leg.

He was brought into the Cavs locker room for further evaluation and was then going to be moved to another area of the arena.

Celtics and Cavs medical staff announced that the injury suffered by Hayward is a fractured left ankle. A quick google search pegs the timeline at six weeks for the bones to heal.

More information to come as the story develops….

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