Scoot McGroot wrote:Topofthekey wrote:Scoot McGroot wrote:
Pistons are all out of space. Hawks have cap space, but no roster role. Knicks have cap space and roster role. But they’re about it. Charlotte has space, but I don’t think they have $25m. Okc could have space after making all their moves if they renounce their TPE’s, but they’re just in value acquisition mode, not quite talent acquisition. And they won’t possibly renounce those for awhile and after the market is essentially over.
Boston has leverage with teams like us and Dallas, since we absolutely cannot acquire him this offseason without them playing along. Let’s be honest about that. And they have team needs in terms of roster space and fits themselves.
The thing is, Hayward to us is like a treat
It'll be nice if we can add him cheaply
But he's not our bread and butter
We are absolutely fine moving on without him
In fact, as has been discussed, taking him on while Warren is still on the team actually represents a problem, instead of a solution
If he wanted to go to Indiana, the negotiations should have been between him and the Celtics
The fact that he has opted out, before a deal is in place, is on him - I don't want us to be the one cleaning up his mess
You and I may view him as a treat, but we don’t know what Simon and Pritchard feel, and it’s only them that matter. Clearly we want him. We’re working on him. How much? To be determined by us and Danny Ainge.
It does look like someone from the Pacers side, either the owner, or KP, or whoever, must have taken an interest in Hayward, and Ainge/the Celtics have sensed that
That is probably the only way the Celtics get any leverage over the Pacers in this situation
It's slightly alarming, because the extent of the negotiations from the Pacers side should have been "Oh, Lamb and McDermott doesn't do it? Ok, we wish Gordon all the best in seeking his new contract somewhere else then"
Didn't mean to turn this into another Hayward thread. Let's direct Hayward specific discussions to the other existing thread