Brad Stevens is still looking for another home to buy, and he knows the Celtics are not going to find a deal.
The Celtics’ front office has been looking for a new home for the 26-year-old point guard, who has struggled with injuries over the past couple of seasons and has not been a factor since the start of the 2014-15 season.
Boston has already signed free agent point guard Avery Bradley, but they are also looking to move Hayward in order to clear cap space and give Boston another young and cheap shooting option.
“I think we’re going to have to look for another team, but the Celtics have been looking,” said Stevens, who spoke about Hayward at the NBA combine earlier this month.
“I think the best thing for us is to get a young guy and make a move and bring him back.
We’re going for a big, big offer for him, and that’s why I think we’ll probably have to have a look for a different location.
It’ll probably be Boston, but we’ll see.”
Bradley was the team’s third-leading scorer last season behind Ray Allen and Al Horford, and the Celtics made him a priority by trading him to Denver in the Kevin Durant trade.
The Celtics also signed shooting guard Jahlil Okafor to a five-year, $96 million deal.
In addition to Hayward, the Celtics also have interest in Orlando guard Elfrid Payton and the Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year deal with forward Marcus Smart.