NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Might Take Marc Gasol from Grizzlies; Celtics shopping Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, and Jae Crowder
After a hectic Fourth of July that had fans of both the Celtics and the Jazz on edge for hours, Danny Ainge and Co. finally got the star they'd been after this offseason, as Gordon Hayward finally announced himself that he was indeed going to rejoin Brad Stevens and play for the Boston Celtics.
NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Might Take Marc Gasol from Grizzlies
According to CBS Sports, the Celtics' original plan this offseason was to sign Hayward and then try to trade for Paul George. However, with the Pacers preempting them by dumping George to the Thunder, that plan is now out the window.
Still, perhaps there is still hope for the Celtics trading for a star after acquiring Hayward. Per a report from Chris Mannix, league executives believe that the Celtics could trade for Marc Gasol, as the Grizzlies' future is in flux.
The Grizzlies did let Zach Randolph walk away and they still have some decisions to make with Tony Allen and JaMychal Green. Perhaps they could decide to tear things down but that seems more like a decision they would make in the middle of the season if things aren't going well rather than right now.
Memphis just re-signed Mike Conley to a monster deal as Gasol is still one of the best big men around, and even in a strengthened West, the Grizz will be competitive. If any team was capable of putting together a package worthy of gaining Gasol from the Grizzlies, it would be the Celtics.
Celtics Shopping Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, And Jae Crowder
Celtics Blog reported that the Boston Celtics have been aggressively trying to create enough salary cap room to give Gordon Hayward the four-year. It is $128 million maximum contract that he agreed upon by discussing trades involving Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder, and Avery Bradley.
The Celtics have to make a complicated series of moves to create enough to sign Hayward to the full max. But 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.
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