The Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz have engaged in sign-and-trade talks that would send Gordon Hayward to Boston and Celtics forward Jae Crowder to Utah in return, according to a report from ESPN

The Jazz and Celtics discussed on Wednesday the possibility of including Crowder in a sign-and-trade agreement for Hayward, league sources said, which would be cap beneficial for Boston.

Ultimately, Hayward himself will have to agree to a sign-and-trade, which could be perceived as a farewell gift to the Jazz franchise that drafted and developed him into an NBA All-Star.

The Celtics have been actively engaged with teams to clear cap space for Hayward's max contract that focused on trading either Crowder, Marcus Smart or Avery Bradley throughout the day on Wednesday. The objective for Boston in doing so is to shed salary to absorb Hayward's new max deal, and shedding Crowder -- who is set to make $6.79 million this year -- makes the most sense from a positional standpoint. With the addition of Hayward and drafting of Duke's Jayson Tatum, the small forward position is loaded with new faces, making Crowder the potential odd man out.

Crowder, who averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season, is set to make $7,305,825 next year and $7,813,533 in 2019-20.