Jae Crowder had been the focus of much of the Celtics trade speculation the past few days in the wake of the Gordon Hayward acquisition.
Looks like those plans might be on hold.
After the Celtics reportedly traded guard Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons for power forward Marcus Morris, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reported that the Celtics say they have no intention of trading Crowder.
Hearing that the Celtics have no intention of trading Jae Crowder. They're excited about lineup possibilities.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 7, 2017
The Celtics and Utah Jazz reportedly had been negotiating a sign-and-trade-deal that would send Crowder to Utah to help the C's clear salary-cap space to fit Hayward's four-year, $128 million contract. Crowder famously complained about Celtics fans cheering for Hayward as Crowder's possible replacement when the Jazz played in Boston last season. Now, it appears they'll be together on the same team.
How's Al Horford, Crowder, Morris, Isaiah Thomas and Hayward as a starting lineup?
With the number of forwards on the Celtics roster (Hayward, Crowder, Jaylen Brown, Jason Tatum and now Morris among them), Crowder, 27, who averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in 31.6 minutes last season, will likely see those minutes reduced. His team-friendly contract ($6.8 million next season followed by salaries of $7.3M, $7.8M) had made him an attractive trade target.