Here’s the skinny from the Herald’s Mark Murphy:
Source says Hayward headed to Boston - press conference expected in next 2 days. Says Crowder S&T with Utah close, other details unclear.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) July 6, 2017
This sign-and-trade has been rumored for the last twenty-four hours after Gordon Hayward agreed to a max contract with the Celtics. Because of a lowered salary cap, Boston is a hair over the cap, and Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, and Jae Crowder have been the likely candidates to make space.
It’s still unclear what the Celtics would get in return for Crowder. Some speculate that it might be Dante Exum or Rodney Hood or that the deal could expand into something larger involving Derrick Favors, who’s in the final year of his deal at $12M. Crowder is making ~$7M, so Boston would need more to match salaries.
Trading Crowder is a curious move for the Celtics. His contract is one of the best bargains in the NBA, and on the floor he makes for a perfect 4 man with Hayward slotting in at 3 in small ball lineups. Crowder isn’t a LeBron James stopper—nobody is—but he’s one of the better defenders against him.
We’ll update here at CelticsBlog as details become available. Stay tuned.
Sources: Boston, Utah sign-and-trade talks dormant since AM. Celtics engaged throughout NBA on Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2017
And now we’re here.