October 27, 2020, 9:13 amGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
Celtics forward Gordon Hayward could opt out of his contract in search of a long-term deal, according to several NBA analysts, including Zach Lowe of ESPN.
“There’s some buzz out there. And I can’t figure out what the buzz means,” Lowe said on his podcast. “I’m not sure what’s up, but I don’t think it’s a lock that he is on the Celtics next year.” Hayward has a $34.2 million option on his contract and Tim Bontemps recently reported that he was expected to pick it up. It’s likely that his agent is exploring all available options right now so nothing is imminent. Free agency is expected to begin shortly after the draft which is scheduled to take place on November 18th. Hayward’s value is likely to remain the same regardless of whether he jumps to another team.