RUMOR: Pacers interested in trade for Celtics’ Gordon Hayward
The often-mentioned rumor of the Indiana Pacers having significant interest in Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward has once more resurfaced. Per SNY’s Ian Begley, the Pacers have shown interest in trading for the All-Star forward.
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.
The Celtics have repeatedly turned down the notion that they’d be willing to move on from Hayward, seeing as how he’s a major part of their offense. Hayward’s health, however, has honestly been a problem since he signed with the Celtics. From his gruesome ankle injury in the opening minutes of the 2017-18 season to his most recent Grade 3 ankle sprain in the NBA bubble, Hayward’s struggled to consistently stay in the rotation has often hindered Boston.
The move could also make sense for Hayward and the Pacers as well. Hayward would get a chance to return to his hometown as a Brownsburg, Indiana native. He also spent some time playing for his current head coach Brad Stevens when both were at Butler University. The Pacers could add another scorer to the ranks alongside Victor Oladipo, T.J. Warren, and Domantas Sabonis. Hayward finished the 2019-20 season averaging 17.5 points along with 6.7 rebounds through 52 games.
Meanwhile, the Celtics, who have been rumored to be in search of a talented big man, would likely ask for Myles Turner in return.