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Report: Hayward sign-and-trade involving Crowder “close”

I cannot currently see how this makes any sense. As I said in last night’s show, why engage in this sign-and-trade mess if you don’t have to? I know they have to move someone to create space, but you don’t have to send anything back to Utah.

That is unless Hayward was drawn by the ridiculous outcry that he somehow owed Utah something and he pressed for the sign-and-trade. If that’s the case, then I guess Danny is stuck.

That’s really one of two scenarios I can think of….

Either the Celtics goofed and THEY were behind the leak that pissed off Hayward and the Jazz… thus creating an environment where he repaired the damage by going along with this sign-and-trade nonsense…

Or the Celtics are getting a little more than we thought, and there’s something more to this that we don’t know about. I repeat, there is zero reason to sign-and-trade for a guy if you can maneuver a straight signing. So no matter what, there is more to the story.

I hope it’s the latter scenario. I’d hate to think hurt feelings end up costing the Celtics a valuable player they could have kept or dealt for more future assets.

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John Karalis is the co-founder of He is a graduate of Emerson College, and was a four-year starter on the Emerson College Men's Basketball team. He is the school's all-time leading rebounder, among its top five scorers, and the first player in school history to play professionally (Greece). Professionally, John has worked in television and media for more than 20 years, and has been covering the NBA and the Boston Celtics for more than 11.

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