Celtics/Jazz sign-and-trade talks have reportedly gone ‘dormant’
Though the Celtics got their man in Gordon Hayward – it’s Twitter-official as of Friday morning – there appears to be a hiccup in finalizing the deal.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Celtics and Jazz sign-and-trade talks had gone dormant since Thursday morning. Instead, the Celtics have been “engaged” throughout the league in talks on Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley.
In order for the Celtics to make the salary cap numbers work, the team needed to part with one of those three players to clear space on their roster for Hayward and his four-year, $128 million contract. It appears that they have found their solution, as Bradley is reportedly on his way to Detroit.
While reports surfaced earlier in the week that a sign-and-trade with Utah, which would have sent Crowder to the Jazz, were close to completion, the Celtics appear to be going in a different direction by dealing away Bradley.
After signing a $50 million deal with the Heat on Thursday night, Kelly Olynyk is off the team’s books. With him and Bradley now gone, 2014 draftee Smart becomes the longest-tenured Celtic. It is unclear whether the team is still shopping Smart, but as of Thursday he was reportedly on the Knicks’ radar.
Crowder, on the other hand, may have a more tradable contract than Smart and Bradley. The 27-year-old forward has played the best basketball of his career since being traded from the Mavs in December of 2014. After shooting a career-high 40 percent from 3-point range last year, he has three more years left on his deal and is set to make around $6.8 million in 2017-18.
If Crowder remains on the roster next season, Brad Stevens will have to find a way to balance minutes between Hayward, Crowder, Jaylen Brown and No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum. All three play the small forward position, but Stevens is not shy about going small and mixing up his approach. He recently told the Associated Press that he doesn’t “have the five positions anymore.”
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Source: GreenStreet Blog