Report: Celtics close to sending Jae Crowder to Jazz in Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade
The Celtics may soon be able to clear enough salary cap space so they can formally acquire Gordon Hayward. The Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy reports the team is close to pulling off a sign-and-trade with the Jazz involving forward Jae Crowder. Once the move is official, Hayward is expected to come to Boston for a press conference.
Though the Celtics agreed to a four-year, $128 million deal with Hayward Tuesday, they still haven’t added him to their roster. Trading away Crowder, who will earn nearly $6.8 million next season and is signed through 2020, would help create enough room to bring Hayward’s maximum contract aboard. The Celtics have already renounced Kelly Olynyk, making the big man an unrestricted free agent.
Since Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart have only one year remaining on their deals, they could also be expendable. The Knicks are reportedly pursuing Smart, a tenacious defender who averaged 10.6 points and 4.4 assists per game last season. With Isaiah Thomas due for a new contract in 2018, it will be seemingly impossible for the Celtics to keep all three guards.
But there will likely be playing time for all three next season, especially if the Celtics jettison guard Terry Rozier. Crowder, 27, faces a steeper challenge at forward, competing for playing time with Hayward, 2016 No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown and this year’s No. 3 overall selection, Jayson Tatum. While it may seem odd for the Celtics to also give up a player for Hayward, the sign-and-trade allows them to receive something in return for an expendable piece. The Jazz, meanwhile, can say they got something for Hayward instead of letting him go for nothing.
Crowder came over to the Celtics from the Mavericks in December 2014 as a part of the Rajon Rondo trade. He averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest in 2016-17.
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