/Gordon Hayward has a call to make on future with Celtics – The Athletic

Gordon Hayward has a call to make on future with Celtics – The Athletic


Gordon Hayward has reached one important contract decision. Now, the Celtics and the NBA await word on his next deal.

In a move that indicates Hayward will have at least one desirable long-term opportunity waiting for him, the Celtics starter opted out of a $34.2 million player option for the coming season to become an unrestricted free agent. The move doesn’t necessarily preclude him from returning to the Celtics on a longer-term deal, but the amount of money he turned down suggests his next contract will be a substantial one whether he stays in Boston or heads somewhere else. The belief among league sources is that for Hayward to turn down such a big option, he must know there will be at least one lucrative offer on the table when the free agency period opens Friday night.

For the Celtics, Hayward’s choice obviously carries huge weight. Though a badly sprained ankle sapped his effectiveness in the Eastern Conference finals, he is otherwise coming off a…

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