In the wake of Gordon Hayward’s Players’ Tribune column—in which he declared his intention to join the Celtics—prognosticators have been grappling with the simple question: Is it enough to push the Celtics in contention with the Cavaliers and Warriors as the league’s best team?
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was direct in his appraisal:
Isaiah Thomas on Gordon Hayward to ESPN: “The type of player we needed to get to the Finals. I’m excited and can’t wait to get to work.”
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 5, 2017
In Vegas terms, oddsmakers have changed their view of Boston since the initial predictions were released:
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 4, 2017
Still, that doesn’t necessarily reflect on Hayward’s announcement. Even on June 12, the Celtics’ odds were the same as they apparently are now: