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Marc Gasol would fill a role the Celtics need if they want to get a step closer to the Cavaliers, but it’s hard to see Memphis trading him.

For the second year in a row, the Celtics snagged one of the top three free agents on the market after signing Gordon Hayward. Yet, many still feel like they’re one piece away from competing with the Cleveland Cavaliers for a trip to the NBA Finals.

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Monta have it all ... but not a job with the Pacers anymore.

The Indiana Pacers have waived Monta Ellis, cutting the combo guard with one year left on his contract, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. Ellis spent his last two seasons in Indiana, but he started only 33 games last season while averaging the fewest minutes and points of his career, rookie year excluded.

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Denver will send one of its best players to the Clippers, but will get Paul Millsap in sign and trade deal.

The Denver Nuggets have agreed a three-team deal including a sign-and-trade that sends forward Danilo Gallinari to the Los Angeles Clippers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal would be a rare double sign-and-trade that also sends Paul Millsap to the Nuggets and Jamal Crawford to the Atlanta Hawks.

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Patterson should slot in nicely at the vacant power forward position in Oklahoma City.

Needing a power forward, the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a three-year, $16.4 million deal with former Toronto Raptors big man Patrick Patterson, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Patterson should slide into the starting power forward spot vacated by the departures of Taj Gibson and Domantas Sabonis.

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Hayward announced his decision in a Players Tribune letter after his agent denied the news upon it being reported early.

After three meetings in three cities with three different teams, Gordon Hayward has made up his mind. The 27-year-old forward will sign with the Boston Celtics, he announced on The Players Tribune.

Hayward will sign a four-year, $128 million deal, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania. The fourth year is a player option.

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