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Report: Celtics interested in Utah’s Gordon Hayward. So are a lot of teams. Doesn’t mean he’ll be moved.

Feb 19, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

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Gordon Hayward has a lot of fans in NBA front offices. His ability to shoot it on a catch-and-shoot or off the bounce, his ability to create his own shot, the fact he’s a willing defender has a lot of teams seeing him as a good fit for what they do.

He’s also a restricted free agent this summer — one of his fans in one of those front offices is going to make an offer, the question is will the Jazz match?

Not shockingly, a team is trying to jump the line a little and trade for Hayward — the Boston Celtics, as reported by the A. Sherrod Blakley at Remember Hayward played for Boston coach Brad Stevens at Butler.

However, it’s not going to be easy to make a deal.

The Celtics have expressed some interest in acquiring Utah’s Gordon Hayward, a league source tells….

Despite Utah’s desperate need for a point guard, there’s little interest in Rajon Rondo primarily because they don’t anticipate he’ll re-sign with the club beyond his current contract which is up in the summer of 2015. Jeff Green is another option, but the Jazz aren’t all that interested in him, either.

With Trey Burke in the fold, I’m not sure I’d call Utah desperate for a point guard, but Rondo would be a big upgrade. They also are right he’s not likely to re-sign there. And nobody really wants Green.

However, if the Celtics really want to loosen things up they can throw in one of first round picks they’ve been stockpiling.

But two league sources, both having had recent conversations with the Celtics, told on Tuesday that Boston is “very reluctant” to part with any of their first-round picks in facilitating a deal.

Hayward is going to be interesting this summer, he’s the kind of player that can get overpaid and it would be interesting to see if the Jazz will match any offer. But don’t expect them to move him before the deadline.

  1. coachjac30 - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    If you want him, why wouldn’t you give up a first round pick? Offer them something like Bogans (who’s off the books next year) and the Brooklyn 1st, see if that gets it done.

  2. spthegr8 - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Sooooooo, there’s really nothing to report then!

  3. revren10 - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Danny make it happen send bogans and humpries

  4. thomaskouns - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    Haywood is a very nice player but to put it in perspective he’s averaging 16 PTS. with a .402 FG on one of the worst teams in the NBA.

    • jeredashton - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      First of all the Jazz would be stupid to trade Hayward he part of the rebuild process plus Boston don’t have anything worth a crap except injury prone rondo so keep trying and he is a restricted free agent sorry

    • jeredashton - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:45 AM

      First of all the Jazz would be stupid to trade Hayward he part of the rebuild process plus Boston don’t have anything worth a crap except injury prone rondo so keep trying and he is a restricted free agent sorry and for the idiot that said Haywood how the hell do u know he is a nice player if u don’t even know his name it’s a Hayward

    • stevejames1012 - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      His name is actually Hayward, common mistake but it shows how familiar you are with him.
      He’s currently playing as a number 1 when he’s a #2-3 guy on a team. Every scouting report is focused on him.
      Sure the Jazz are in tank mode, but Hayward is legitimate baller.

    • coachjac30 - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      True, but so too is Evan Turner who everyone seems to think is worth a first and something else good. I would rather Hayward than ET

  5. amitko - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:10 AM

    Oh, interest doesn’t mean he’ll be moved ! What insight, Helin !

  6. dperk123 - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:11 AM

    Trade Bogans,Green and brooklyn first round pick for Hayward,Burke and. Alec BURKS

  7. dperk123 - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    Celtics need a wing man a TRU wingman like HAYWARD on the team. Plus Brad Stevens was his Coach at Butlar to if it counts

  8. jeredashton - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    U also have to Really stupid to think we would give up Hayward Burke and Burks what so u have to offer your whole team coaching staff and maybe throw in the cheerleaders cause u don’t have anything worth trading for

  9. ryanrockzzz - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    If I’m Boston, I would easily surrender a 1st and another piece for a Heyward. I like his skill set. He can score, rebound, and still has room to improve. The true test for him will be developing a consistent shot, which is the case for many young players. The strange thing to me is why Boston is suddenly getting so impatient from reports here at the deadline.

    Everyone knew this would be a rebuilding year, and they still have Rondo for all of next year, so they can figure out what to with him in the offseason. Getting a top 10 pick and adding a piece with Rondo/Sullinger and Green can also get this team pointed back in the right direction. Honestly, if i’m a GM I’m wondering why the team the cultivated Rondo is so eager to get rid of him, and I would be hesistant considering a trade for him for other reasons (limited offensive game) as well.
    Plus, I’m not sure Green is much worse than Heyward at this point.

    • scalfor3 - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      I’d say its a pretty big stretch to say the Celtics are “eager” to get rid of Rondo. If they can use him to absolutely fleece someone in a trade, they will, but it seems like Plan A is to build around him.

  10. TheMorningStar - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Sullinger, Bogans expiring k, and a 1st rd pick would get it done…no way Utah will make a trade without a 1st rd pick included.

    If I’m Ainge do i trade Sullinger, or roll the dice when Hayward is a RFA?

    • coachjac30 - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      No chance of trading Sullinger for Hayward. The Jazz are only really expecting a first round pick and a contract that comes off the books. If they want something more, then no deal. The worst that can happen is Hayward becomes a free agent and then you throw money at him.

  11. ProBasketballPundit - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Jeremy Lamb, Thabeet and a second round pick for Gordon Hayward. Thunder get that much closer to a title and Utah gets a cheap, talented, under contract player in Lamb.

  12. csbanter - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    With Hayward the Celtics won’t become Butler. Stop dreaming there will be no magical run through the eastern conference.

  13. campcouch - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:01 AM

    Ah,the fantasy league strikes again. NYK,Celts and Lakers all want somebody but have nothing really to offer. Utah needs to let Hayward develop. Trade him and he’s going to blow up later and the fans will riot.

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