Celtics forward Gordon Hayward hopes Kyrie Irving is successful with the Nets.
Irving left Boston and inked a four-year, $140.6 million contract with Brooklyn this summer. Hayward was asked about Irving’s departure when he met with reporters Tuesday.
“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 (Irving) the best of luck as he goes to Brooklyn.”
The Celtics also lost Al Horford (76ers) and Marcus Morris (Knicks) in free agency. But, they signed three-time All-Star Kemba Walker and added center Enes Kanter, as well.
“As a team, we’re excited about who we have coming in,” Hayward said. “I’m more than excited to welcome Kemba (Walker) and Enes (Kanter), and all the other guys that are new for us.”
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Hayward was inconsistent last season after he missed almost all of 2017-18 with a devastating leg injury. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game while shooting 33.3% from 3-point range.
Hayward said he has spent the offseason focusing on bouncing back.
“More than anything, just building back some confidence; being able to do everything that I’m used to doing,” Hayward said. “Reps is what gives you confidence, being able to do things over and over and over and not worry about how my ankle is feeling or having to be cautious with it, has been really good for my confidence.
“That has felt really nice, being able to train how I’m used to training. Not having to worry about doing stuff for only 10 minutes, only doing a certain amount of reps. It’s been really good from that standpoint.”
The Celtics entered 2018-19 as the favorites to win the East but finished with a 49-33 record and were eliminated by the Bucks in five games in the conference semifinals.