Report: Celtics and Jazz working on sign-and-trade with Gordon Hayward
In an emotional farewell letter penned for the Players’ Tribune on Tuesday, Gordon Hayward thanked the Jazz. Now, it’s the Celtics that may need to find a way to thank the Jazz on making the Hayward-to-Boston move official with a sign-and-trade.
With the C’s in a bit of a bind and needing to unload some salary to fit Hayward’s max deal (four years, $128 million) onto their books, Celtics president Danny Ainge has fielded calls with over half a dozen NBA teams in a potential cost-cutting trade for one of shooting guard Avery Bradley, small forward Jae Crowder, and/or guard Marcus Smart.
And according to ESPN, and backed up by the Boston Herald, the Celtics may have found a trade partner with the Jazz, turning the Hayward signing into a potential sign-and-trade that would land the 27-year-old Crowder with the Jazz.
Crowder, of course, seems like the most likely one to move via trade because he plays in a logjammed position for the Celtics (Hayward is a small forward and the C’s are building around a future three-spot featuring Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum).
He also has perhaps the most team-friendly deal of the three, with guaranteed years beyond 2017-18, as he is signed at an affordable price through the 2019-20 season.
Crowder averaged 13.9 points per game for the C’s this past season, while establishing career-best marks in field goal percentage (46.3 percent) and rebounds per game (5.8).
It’s worth mentioning that Hayward would have to agree to a sign-and-trade, which he likely would, you’d have to imagine, as it would likely restore some of the public perception of his decision, as he wouldn’t be leaving the Jazz for straight-up nothing.
It’s also worth noting that the Celtics do not have any reason to trade Crowder to the Jazz, and could move him to any team they so choose, so don’t be surprised if Ainge did his part to wiggle something extra out of a deal with Utah in any sign-and-trade.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog