Earlier than Gordon Hayward agreed to a four-year, $120 million take care of the Charlotte Hornets, the Indiana Pacers had been reportedly making an attempt to pursue a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics.
According to J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star, the Pacers provided the Celtics Myles Turner, a first-round decide and a bench participant for Hayward. Nevertheless, the Celtics needed one other starter within the package deal as a substitute of a bench participant. The Pacers reportedly didn’t wish to hand over that a lot, due to this fact, the commerce talks fell off.
Moreover, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Celtics had been by no means that prime on Turner:
“Speaking to individuals and studying the tea leaves as finest I might, it actually comes all the way down to the Celtics didn’t need Myles Turner,” Lowe said on The Lowe Post. “I did hear from some groups across the league that the Celtics have performed some preliminary analysis on what Myles Turner’s commerce worth would have been to them had they acquired him both on this deal or in a separate deal, and clearly didn’t like what they noticed.”
After the sign-and-trade talks fell off with the Pacers, Gordon Hayward ended up with that huge four-year, $120 million take care of Charlotte. Celtics president Danny Ainge tried to return to Indiana as a present of “good religion,” however Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, pulled the plug on these talks.
Now, Ainge is trying to work out a sign-and-trade with the Hornets so he doesn’t lose Hayward for nothing. Boston might get a big commerce exception to make use of to enhance its roster if a sign-and-trade might be agreed upon. Nicolas Batum’s contract is a hangup proper now.
As for the Pacers, they’re nonetheless in fine condition for this upcoming season when it comes to being a playoff workforce, although Victor Oladipo’s state of affairs will proceed to loom over them. Whereas Oladipo recently committed to the franchise for this season, he’s set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.