The Thunder needed an extreme ball-dominant player to carry grinders intended to fit with two superstars.
Indiana might even have taken that Boston deal had it been clearly on the table last night, according to sources familiar with the talks.
The Celtics, Cavs, Nuggets, and Pacers have been talking off and on for weeks in what insiders described as an ongoing auction-style negotiation with shifting deadlines set by the Pacers.
On the flip side, the Pacers will never know if Boston, with Hayward in the fold, might have forked over one of those two juicy picks.
The Thunder have about $110 million in 2017-18 salary committed to 10 or 11 players, depending on what they do with Semaj Christon's non-guaranteed deal.