Celtics’ Gordon Hayward Looking to Move On from Boston
Gordon Hayward has had a very forgettable tenure in Boston after turning into an All-Star in Utah.
Things obviously started off on the wrong foot, literally, when Hayward almost immediately suffered a gruesome foot injury in his first season with the Boston Celtics.
While he did have a successful recovery, his level of play never amounted to the expectations and the injuries continued to plague his time with the Celtics. Hayward signed a $127.8 million deal with the Celtics back in the offseason of 2017, but since then, he has watched a consistent reduction in his role amid the emergence of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
“I’ve heard Gordon Hayward does want out, but I don’t know if he’s going to get the money,” said Ryen Russillo of the Ringer. “He’s not opting out of that large number unless he knows he getting the deal.”
Hayward, who got the opportunity to play under his old college coach in Brad Stevens upon arriving to Boston, has a player option for the upcoming season worth $34 million, but there appears to be a very little sense that he will be able to secure a lucrative multi-year deal elsewhere in the league at this time.
Hayward will more than likely return to Boston next season, but it will interesting to see whether the Celtics choose to dangle Hayward’s expiring contract in trade.