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Gordon Hayward explains how he would've played with Kyrie Irving in Cleveland but for LeBron James

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The Boston Celtics are ready to embark on an exciting new era after officially introducing Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward at a press conference on Friday.

The C's have finally acquired the stars they have been craving for since the days of the big three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen came to an end.

To bring in Irving, the franchise had to make the tough decision of trading away All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas who has played a major part in making the team competitive again.

With I.T nursing a hip injury and with just one year remaining on his contract, the Celtics felt it was the best decision to offload him and bring in a superstar of Irving's ability.

Uncle Drew has two years to run on his existing deal and is said to be enthusiastic about committing to the organisation long-term.

The four-time All-Star is entering the prime of his career at the age of 25 and though the fans in Boston will miss Isaiah, their excitement at watching Irving play is already clear.

The arrival of the former Cavs star has somewhat overshadowed the team's first big move of the offseason where they convinced the most coveted free agent on the market to join them.

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Hayward decided to end his seven-year stint with the Utah Jazz to team up with his former college coach Brad Stevens in Beantown.

The small forward will now see that as a great decision as he will relish playing alongside the league's best ball-handler in Irving.

During their press conference, the duo were asked about their pre-existing relationship and Hayward interestingly revealed that they could've been teammates in Cleveland but for LeBron James.

"I went to Cleveland on a visit when I was a restricted free agent, and Kyrie came in and was saying how much fun it would be if I would be on the team," Hayward said. "Kind of recruited me to go there. Then LeBron came, and that kind of squashed that whole thing. But it came full circle, and here we are now."

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The former Jazz star was speaking jokingly and knows that any team would do anything to get LeBron on their books.

Alongside Al Horford, Irving and Hayward will form the newest big three in the league and will have a serious chance to dethrone the Cavaliers as the kings of the Eastern Conference.

With King James making the Finals for seven consecutive years, beating him will be no small feat for Boston but they have put the foundations in place to make it happen.

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