Report: Celtics discuss sending Jae Crowder to Jazz in Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade

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A Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade is the rumor du jour.

One reported possibility involves Jae Crowder going from the Celtics to Jazz.

ESPN:

The Jazz and Celtics discussed on Wednesday the possibility of including Crowder into a sign-and-trade agreement for Hayward, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Celtics can trade Crowder to any team, and as long as they receive $2,683,079 or less* in returning salary and renounce all their free agents, they can add Hayward on a max contract. (Other moves, like waiving unguaranteed Jordan Mickey and convincing Guerschon Yabusele to spend another year overseas, would allow Boston to take back more money in a Crowder trade.)

*Qualifying Utah players: Rodney Hood, Raul Neto and Joel Bolomboy

So, there’s no incentive for the Celtics to deal Crowder to the Jazz in particular. Any team would do.

If the Jazz offer the best asset – likely draft pick(s) – for Crowder, they can get him. Hayward, who’s already going to Boston, doesn’t count.

The Celtics gifting Crowder to Utah because they’re getting Hayward is fantasy.