Boston and Indiana Talking Trade

Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics is, when healthy, one of the most pure scorers in the NBA who can knock-down shots from anywhere. While it hasn't been all sunshine and lollipops for the small-forward since signing a massive four-year deal in Boston, this year could look a lot different for the Butler product.

Different as in, a totally different team he could be suiting up for. 

According to multiple reports, the Indiana Pacers are doing what they can to try and trade for Hayward and bring the Indiana native back home. The deal is being held up on Hayward's decision on whether or not he will be accepting his $34 million dollar player option. 

It would make a ton of sense to not walk away from that kind of money, considering that's probably close to double what Hayward would make on the open market right now. He averaged 17.5 points this season, starting in all 52 regular season games, but battled an ankle injury in the playoffs.

Here's more from Ian Begley of SNY: 

Something to keep an eye on once we find out when NBA teams can start making trades: some within the Pacers organization continue to have interest in trading for Celtics' Gordon Hayward, per SNY sources. It's unknown what Boston would want in return for Hayward -- or if the club is even open to moving him. Hayward, who starred at Butler, can become a free agent by opting out of the final year of his deal, worth roughly $34 million.


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