Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward wishes star point guard Kyrie Irving “the best of luck as he goes to Brooklyn.”
After playing the past two seasons with the Celtics, Irving signed a four-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets this summer in free agency. Boston replaced Irving with three-time All-Star Kemba Walker.
Hayward says the drama which happens every summer in the NBA in terms of multiple stars changing teams doesn’t happen in any other league. This offseason alone, Irving, Walker, Al Horford, Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul changed teams.
“The interesting part of the league is the drama that happens every offseason,” Hayward said, via NBC Sports Boston. “I don’t know if there’s any league like that, where you have major guys moving teams.
“I wish him the best of luck as he goes to Brooklyn. As a team we’re excited about who we have coming in. I’m more than excited to welcome Kemba and Enes (Kanter), and all the other guys that are new for us.”
Irving is going to get viciously booed by Celtics fans when he returns to Boston. Kyrie told fans before the 2018-19 season started he was planning to re-sign with the Celtics.
The players on the Celtics, though, will show love to Irving since he wasn’t the bad teammate everyone made him out to be.