Shams Charania on the Celtics: I don’t think they’re unwilling to listen to offers (for Jae Crowder). They listened to them on draft night. There were a lot of discussions being had during draft week about potentially moving Jae Crowder. I don’t think it ever came close.
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In the aftermath of Hayward’s decision, the Jazz attempted to work out a sign-and-trade with Boston to acquire small forward Jae Crowder in exchange for Hayward, among other assets, according to sources. Those talks fell apart, however, as the week progressed. The Jazz tried to make a deal work, but couldn’t find a deal the Celtics believed was worth it.
Crowder is under contract for the next three years at a total of nearly $22 million, which is bargain-type stuff in today’s market. “Jae is a big part of what we’re doing,” said Ainge. “I mean, he was our best 3-point shooter last year, and he defends some of the top players in the league. Jae’s a very important player for us going forward.”
Adam Himmelsbach: Hearing that the Celtics have no intention of trading Jae Crowder. They’re excited about lineup possibilities.
A. Sherrod Blakely: This is why @Celtics resisted S+T w/Utah for Crowder. Bos always felt they could swing another deal and get cap relief+rotation player.
Chris Mannix: Boston can now patiently gauge the trade market for Jae Crowder. Appealing player, more appealing contract. Size still a major need.
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.
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.
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 Tribune on Wednesday night.
That’s where the Jazz, with Hayward’s blessing, can help. Utah will sign Hayward to a new max deal, then send him to Boston in exchange for Crowder, who has $22 million remaining on a three-year contract. A deal would be a major boon for Utah, as it watches its star player exit. It would also greatly help the Jazz’s salary cap situation.
Because teams are allowed to go over the cap to sign their own players, a sign-and-trade with Boston would allow the Jazz to bring back up to about $30 million in contracts and trade exceptions.
Tony Jones: League source says Jazz and Celtics have been talking “throughout the day” on sign and trade possibilities concerning Jae Crowder
Tony Jones: Sources: Of the potential Celtics targets, Jazz prefer Crowder. Need a 3/4
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.
Ultimately, Hayward himself will have to agree to a sign-and-trade, which could be perceived as a farewell gift to the Jazz franchise that drafted and developed him into an NBA All-Star. Crowder had been publicly critical of the Celtics pursuit of Hayward during the 2016-’17 season, in part, perhaps, because he’d be the player most impacted by Hayward’s arrival.
Spencer Checketts: At this juncture, Hayward and Bartelstein have the “ball in their court” re: sign and trade with Utah and Boston. Target for Utah in scenario is Jae Crowder. With everything Hayward and Bartelstein have done, making this happens is the least they can do.
Spencer Checketts: Source says Bartelstein brought idea to Stevens, who signed off and brought it to Ainge. No word from Danny. But GH/MB can make it happen.
Boston has already renounced its rights to Kelly Olynyk, a key offensive spark off the bench with his ability to score from the perimeter. Now it looks as though the Celtics will have to trade away one of its elite defenders in order to continue shedding salary. And the three targets most teams have focused on, are Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart. Terry Rozier is also available, but the market for the aforementioned players has been much stronger.
“Boston has to unload one of those three,” a league source texted CSNNE.com on Wednesday. “And to be candid, it really doesn’t matter which one. All three of them, no matter where they end up, will help a team.”
Jake Fischer: The Celtics offered Jae Crowder to late lottery teams leading up to June’s draft, per league sources. Boston asked for pick, young player.
Because the salary cap did not rise as much as projected, they will likely have to trade one or more of those three players to sign Hayward. Sources told ESPN that Boston has discussed trade concepts involving those players with at least half a dozen teams on Wednesday.
Brian Robb: Don’t be surprised to hear trade talks on Crowder, Bradley and Smart in coming hours/days. C’s will undoubtedly test market on all of them.
Gary Washburn: Utah also a Crowder option. His father briefly played for the #Jazz.
The Post has learned that in talks with the Celtics, their defensive small forward Jae Crowder would be a major player of interest for Knicks president Phil Jackson. In fact, Jackson lamented not trading for Crowder when he was on the table in the 2014 trade talks with the Mavericks for Tyson Chandler. Crowder is an active, gritty defender who can shoot from 3-point range.
Brian Robb: Full comments from @daldridgetnt on @NBATV on inclusion of Jae Crowder being a potential sticking point in Jimmy Butler negotiations
The Celtics have talked intermittently with the Clippers about Blake Griffin, per several league sources, but a deal is extremely unlikely. Griffin will be a free agent this summer, and Boston would probably need official permission to talk to him about his future — a concession Minnesota allowed Cleveland before the Kevin Love trade. The Clips would ask for a bounty, starting with Jae Crowder and one of the Avery Bradley/Marcus Smart duo, plus picks, per league sources.
There are rival executives who believe the Bulls and Celtics will rekindle trade talks centered on Jimmy Butler before the Feb. 23 deadline. The teams held serious talks in June, and the Celtics own the same assets — Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, the Nets’ first-round picks in 2017 and 2018 — the teams discussed then.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Not surprisingly, one of the loudest cheers when the #Celtics starters were introduced, was for @Jae Crowder. #allisforgiven #CelticsTalk
Scott Souza: #Celtics Jae Crowder: I love Boston. I don’t want to leave Boston … But stand by what I said that fans shouldn’t cheer opposition.
Chris Forsberg: Brad Stevens says Crowder wished he hadn’t expressed himself like he did. Says Crowder is “all in” on Boston.
Crowder then took things a step further, and according to CSNNE he even said he had no problem leaving Boston, and even retweeted a fan who asked him to return to the Dallas Mavericks.
With Sacramento in shambles once again, Lowe was asked by David Thorpe whether he believes the Celtics would be willing to offer Avery Bradley or Jae Crowder in a trade. “A year ago, six months ago, I would have said yes,” Lowe replied. “And what’s interesting to me — look, everyone knows the Celtics have the goods to make a real offer, although … maybe that Nets pick isn’t the golden ticket we thought it was going to be. We’ll see. I think the Nets will regress, long story short. So I think (Celtics president of basketball operations) Danny (Ainge) would gamble. I don’t think that is the majority view of the organization, including the coach. I don’t think Brad Stevens wants to touch DeMarcus Cousins with a 10-foot pole. And that carries a lot of weight there. Not only that, they just signed a center. And they think Al Horford is a center, and will play more center as pieces come and go in Boston. And so I don’t know what that does to Boston’s hunger to acquire a superstar big man who is going to be a locker room question mark.”
KC Johnson: Jae Crowder has been involved in the Bulls-Celtics talks, per a source.
The Magic eventually worked out a deal sending Harris to the Detroit Pistons. “He’s a good player that has opened a lot of eyes since he left Dallas,” a league executive whose franchise pursued a possible trade for Crowder this season, told CSNNE.com. “That contract, his talent … he’s not untradeable, but he’s about as close to being untradeable on that team.”
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July 22, 2017 | 9:56 pm EDT Update
Jack Cooley must have made a good impression on the Kings during the recently completed Las Vegas Summer League. The former Notre Dame will sign a two-way contract with Sacramento, a league source confirmed to NBCSportsCalifornia.com’s James Ham.
Jared Sullinger has no problem using the F-word. Fat. Ask the out-of-work NBA player — the Phoenix Suns cut him in February — and the one-time Ohio State center from Northland speaks openly on the subject. I know, because I asked him. “You look like you’re down to, what, 240?” I asked, hoping not to have guessed embarrassingly high. “I wish,” he answered.
“My biggest was 320, when I was finishing my fourth year with Boston (2015-2016),” the 25-year-old offered. “Honestly, it was embarrassing.”
“I lost a year of basketball directly because of what I have done — my weight and my eating habits,” he said, explaining how his unwillingness to shed pounds led the Celtics to release him in 2016 and later contributed to the Toronto Raptors trading him to Phoenix on Feb. 23. The Suns cut him the next day.
Maybe an NBA franchise will notice Sullinger’s weight loss and show interest. He averaged 10.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in five NBA seasons. There is plenty of game left in him. Or maybe the next step is playing overseas. Either way, he does not sound worried. “Now that I have basketball and my health, I don’t give a damn about anything else,” he said.
July 22, 2017 | 7:31 pm EDT Update
The Cavs kept Irving’s request quiet. They wanted to patiently work on a deal without all the media frenzy happening right now. I also heard it was some players who began telling others — leading to the news coming out.