There has always been a conundrum with Gordon Hayward in his three seasons as a Celtic. A complication, a turn of events — sometimes foreseeable, sometimes shocking — that inevitably added degrees of difficulty to his quest and fans’ hopes that he could be the next all-around great Celtic.
It’s fitting, then, that if his decision Thursday to decline the option for the final year of his contract and test free agency is indeed his final act as a Celtic, the franchise will be stuck with one more Hayward-related quandary that also serves as a summary of his time here.
He wasn’t as good as he was supposed to be.
Yet the Celtics aren’t going to find anyone soon who is nearly as good.
There’s always a yeah-but in discussing Hayward’s time here, no matter which side of the argument you’re attempting to make.
He’s not as good as he