November 19, 2020, 4:57 pmGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward has opted out of his $34 million deal for next season and will become a free agent, per Shams Charania.
Hayward has been connected to the Knicks and Hawks in recent days and the Pacers previously. That's a ton of money to turn down unless you know there's a longer-term deal at the ready, so Hayward could be on the move quickly. His Celtics career began with a brutal injury and the fit was never right after that, with younger players asserting themselves as superior players despite Hayward's max contract standing. Whispers that he was unhappy with his role suggest that Hayward's looking for more prominence on his next team, though playing as the second or third offensive option last year still resulted in comfortable middle-round fantasy value.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter