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The Celtics Appear Likely To Trade Jae Crowder

Boston is reportedly actively shopping the starting forward.

Jae Crowder appears to be on his way out of Boston.

The Celtics' starting forward is one of three players being actively shopped by the franchise, which needs to create cap room to sign Gordon Hayward to his max contract (four years, $128 million).

Boston is also reportedly shopping Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley to teams, but Crowder is reportedly at the center of a potential sign-and-trade with Utah.

From ESPN:

The Jazz and Celtics discussed on Wednesday the possibility of including Crowder in a sign-and-trade agreement for Hayward, league sources said, which would be cap beneficial for Boston.

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.

Stay tuned.