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Rumor: Celtics-Pacers talking Hayward-Turner trade

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Earlier this afternoon, Evan Massey of the Analysis Network mentioned this juicy rumor:

IndyStar’s J. Michael threw more fuel on the fire:

It’s been long rumored that if Gordon Hayward was to on his player option and leave the Celtics, the Pacers would be a logical destination for a fresh start. He’s an Indiana native and owns a mansion in Fishers, an Indianapolis suburb.

For Boston, they’d be getting an ideal fit at center in the 24-year-old Myles Turner. As CelticsBlog’s Adam Taylor puts it:

Ignoring the pieces Boston would have to give up in any possible trade, Turner projects as an upgrade on both sides of the floor. Operating as an anchor point for the defense while also giving Boston a true stretch-5 could unlock some of Brad Stevens more nuanced play calls.

The 24-year-old big man projects to earn $17.5 million for the next three years. The Celtics would be cementing a new, younger core to compete for a championship while also having enormous room for growth across the board.

Depending on whether or not Hayward picks up his $32.4 million player option or signs a new deal and subsequently forces a sign-and-trade deal to Indy, other players might have to be included in the deal. The Celtics could target sharpshooter Doug McDermott or swingmen Jeremy Lamb or T.J. Warren. Turner still has three years left on his four-year, $72 million contract and fits in with Boston’s age profile.