Gordon Hayward during shootaround before match.
Gordon Hayward during shootaround before match. Image Credits : Twitter (@gordonhayward)

In June, J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star mentioned on NBC Sports Boston’s Celtics Talk Podcast that Indiana Pacers would be interested in Boston Celtics’ Hayward this offseason of he becomes available.
SNY’s Ian Begley reported that some members of the Pacers “continue to have an interest” in trading for Hayward, on Thursday.
Indy’s apparent interest in Hayward is not surprising considering the 30-year-old grew up in Indianapolis, and the Pacers could use more offensive horsepower after flaming out to Miami Heat in the first round of the 2020 playoffs.
Hayward can become a free agent this offseason if he turns down his $34 million player option, but many expect him to exercise his option and test free agency in 2021, which would make him a prime trade candidate this year.
What would a Celtics-Pacers trade involving Hayward look like? It could involve Indiana big man Myles Turner, who is making $18 million a year and could help beef up a Boston frontcourt that relief heavily on Daniel Theis last season.
Victor Oladipo, Pacers star, is also looking to move on this offseason, according to The Athletic’s Jared Weiss, and while Kemba Walker is locked in as the Celtics’ point guard, Oladipo would give Boston an elite scoring option.
Indiana would probably need to trade multiple players to the Celtics to offset Hayward’s $34 million caps hit. Although, it appears the Pacers are at least open to the idea of adding Hayward, which adds another intriguing wrinkle to the Celtics’ offseason.