The Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics are in ongoing talks over a sign-and-trade that involves Gordon Hayward getting a max contract and Jae Crowder coming to Utah, league sources told The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday.
Hayward announced his decision to leave Utah for Boston on Tuesday. But before the Celtics can officially sign Hayward to a four-year, $128 million contract, they must clear salary cap space. The Celtics started the process this week when they waived forward Kelly Olynyk, who reportedly has attracted the interest of the Jazz. ESPN reported Wednesday that Boston also has been shopping Marcus Smart, Crowder and Avery Bradley.
League sources told The Tribune that Hayward and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, have agreed to help facilitate a sign-and-trade. Utah would sign Hayward to a new max deal, then send him to Boston in exchange for Crowder, who has just short of three years and $22 million remaining on his contract.