The Utah Jazz could get something back from the Boston Celtics for Gordon Hayward after all.
ESPN reported Wednesday night that Jazz and Celtics brass have engaged in sign-and-trade talks that would send Boston forward Jae Crowder to the Jazz, although a deal is not imminent. The Celtics need to shed some salary to make room for Hayward, who agreed Tuesday to sign a 4-year, $128 million deal with Boston.
The Deseret News' Jody Genessy confirmed that the talks have taken place.
League sources confirm the Jazz and Celtics are trying to work out a sign-and-trade to bring Jae Crowder to Utah for Gordon Hayward.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) July 6, 2017
ESPN reported that the Celtics are also trying to unload the contracts of guards Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart to make room for Hayward.
The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Crowder plays as a combo forward. A six-year pro out of Marquette, he averaged 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting just under 40 percent from behind the 3-point line in 72 games (all starts) for Boston last season.
ESPN reported that Hayward would have to agree to the deal before it could be finalized.
Jae Crowder is the son of Corey Crowder, who played for Utah during the 1991-1992 season.