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NBA Trade Rumors: Boston Celtics Keeping their Options Open with Gordon Hayward, Indiana Pacers could be the Potential Destination

Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward
Kunal Sethi
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Modified 19 Nov 2020, 07:37 IST
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The NBA Draft is underway and the trade rumors are surfacing every minute. The latest buzz around the league has been regarding Boston Celtics' forward Gordon Hayward and his player option. Hayward's player option has been one of the most talked about in the offseason. At $34.2 million, he is the 16th highest paid player in the NBA and it is natural for teams to reconsider taking on his huge salary.

NBA Trade Rumors: Boston Celtics postpone the deadline for Gordon Hayward's player option

Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward

Hayward and the Boston Celtics mutually decided to postpone the deadline for Hayward to decide on his player option from 5 pm on Wednesday to Thursday afternoon to give themselves more room to discuss negotiations, as reported by ESPN NBA insider, Zach Lowe.

Zach Lowe recently appeared on the popular ESPN show "The Jump" and talked about the different options that are in front of Gordon Hayward,

"...every option from what I've heard today is on the table here - an opt-in and trade, an opt-in and trade and he gets an extension, a sign-and-trade, I think there is a team or two with cap room who he can just walk to and that's the leverage maybe that he needs to get Boston to cooperate with him so I think everything is one the table, Boston for just one year but I think there is a lot of machinations going on to try and find a long term solution to this, either in Boston or elsewhere and there are a few teams I think to keep an eye on."

Gordon Hayward and the Boston Celtics have every option in front of them. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski appeared on Sports Center and confirmed the same. The variety of options has led to Hayward and the Boston Celtics to postpone the deadline so they can explore every possibilty.

Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers

Gordon Hayward's injuries has detered him from performing at the highest level and many have apparently forgotten his game. With that said, Zach Lowe talks about the different teams that are linked to Gordon Hayward and all his possible destinations in free agency if he decides to opt-out.

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"Well for a possible trade, I would keep my eye on Indiana, there has been buzz about the Pacers and Gordon Hayward for a while now and for free agency, I mean Atlanta has been rumored... I'd keep my eye on Charlotte who ... would like a talent upgrade for next year particularly on the wing-like Gordon Hayward plays so I think there's a number of teams and there's certainly going to be wild card teams, I mean people kinda forgot because of all the injuries, Gordon Hayward had a really good season last year, he's a really good player, he's still in his prime, I think there'll be a lot of interest but those are the main teams I'm looking at"

Lowe mentions the Indiana Pacers and the Charlotte Hornets as the main destinations to keep an eye on. Given Gordon Hayward's bulky salary, not many teams can afford him in free agency and he will most likely opt-in with the Boston Celtics and get traded.

Hayward has been linked to multiple teams including the New York Knicks in free agency and looking at Gordon Hayward's career it is safe to say whichever team he goes to, will improve, with him on the roster.

Published 19 Nov 2020, 07:37 IST
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