February 12, 2020, 11:36 amGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal is reporting that the Celtics intend to keep Gordon Hayward, whether or not he elects to pick up his $34.1 million player option this summer.
Hayward will be eligible to earn up to $40.25 million per year on a max contract as a 10-year veteran in his next deal if he declines his player option this summer. After injuries slowed him down early on, Hayward is playing some of the best basketball of his career this season, posting career-highs in rebounding and efficiency, while sacrificing some of his shots within a loaded starting unit. Based on that, it’s still possible that he could command another hefty long-term deal on the open market this summer, but the list of potential suitors changed dramatically last week after the trade deadline. The 29-year-old veteran is returning top-50 value and the hope is that he remains healthy for the rest of the season.
Source: Boston Sports Journal