Gordon Hayward Makes Final Boston Celtics Decision
Gordon Hayward is making an interesting final decision regarding his future with the Boston Celtics.
According to Sean Deveny of Heavy.com, Gordon is expected to pick up his $34.1 million player option with the Celtics for next year.
“It’s too much money to pass up,” an insider said.
“[Hayward] could get a longer deal if that is what he really wants. But I don’t think the Celtics want to give it to him, they have a lot of young guys to pay and the starting [salary] number on whatever the contract is will not be close to $34 million.
“He can opt in this year and then take a big contract next year. When you look at what he has done since his injury, he has only gotten better. He could get better next year and be ready for the summer of 2021.”
The 30-year-old signed a four-year, $128 million contract with Boston in 2017, but has suffered a myriad of injury concerns since then.
This season, prior to the coronavirus interruption, Hayward was averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
It will be interesting to see what Hayward’s massive deal will ultimately mean for Jayson Tatum when time rolls around next year for him to get an extension.