Merloni: Danny Ainge 'butchered' Gordon Hayward saga


Lou Merloni is not happy with Danny Ainge.

The OMF co-host didn't hold back Monday when the subject of the Celtics' recent roster moves came up with Glenn Ordway and Christian Fauria. Helping set off Merloni on Monday's show was news that the Tacko Fall had re-upped with the Celts.

"I think Danny is trying to appease the Celtics’ Green Teamers because he knows he completely butchered this Celtics team in the last week," Merloni said. "Completely butchered it."

The conversation turned to the centerpiece of Ainge's recent maneuvering, letting Gordon Hayward sign a four-year, $120 million deal with Charlotte without any compensation coming back.

Without the rumored sign-and-trade of Hayward to Indiana, the Celtics came away with draft picks Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard, along with free agent signings Tristan Thompson and Jeff Teague.

"The Gordon Hayward thing, what an epic failure by Danny Ainge," Merloni said. "I don’t know how else to look at it. You extend it for two extra days for what? To get a deal done from Indiana. Hayward wanted to go there. People out there saying he’s willing to take a hometown discount. You have two extra days to figure it out and now he’s gone and you have absolutely nothing for him. I don’t know how to describe it. A week ago you sat here and you had three first-round picks and you had Gordon Hayward. Now you have turned that into two players, basically. Nesmith, who is going to be, I don’t know, Ray Allen. And Pritchard is Steve Nash? Correct me if I’m wrong. I think if I told you a week ago this was going to happen, this was the end game, we would have people calling up looking for Danny’s job.

"People are sitting there saying, ‘This is a good deal. They shouldn’t have taken on bad contracts.’ Friday everyone wants Myles Turner and now nobody wants Myles Turner. To me, it’s just typical Celtics. Whatever happens was the right move for Ainge. Typical."