Gordon Hayward’s future with the Celtics seems to be in the air.
Ringer’s Ryen Russillo said on Tuesday that he heard that the Celtics giant “didn’t want” the final year of his $ 127.8 million contract he signed during the 2017 season. opt out of $ 34 million for the 2020-21 season.
Considering how Hayward struggled to stay healthy and as a result reduced his role, behind Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker, many have speculated that he would be wise to accept this choice. . But ESPN has reported that there is some “buzz” that the 30-year-old could turn down and seek a permanent deal with a new team.
Russillo said he does not believe Hayward will leave unless he has a lucrative contract that spans many years.
“I don̵7;t know if he’ll get the money,” he said on “The Bill Simmons Podcast”. “He wouldn’t choose that huge number unless he knew he got the deal.”
Hayward appeared in 52 games during the 2019-20 season, averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He suffered a series of injuries throughout the season, including ankle sprains, concussions and foot injuries.