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Celtics’ Hayward Opts Out Of Final Year Of Deal

BOSTON: Boston Celtics ahead Gordon Hayward opted out of the ultimate yr of a contract that may have paid him $34.1 million, making him a free agent, an individual acquainted with the scenario mentioned Thursday

The particular person spoke on the situation of anonymity as a result of the choice has not been publicly introduced.

Hayward may nonetheless re-sign with the staff, both to stay in Boston or be a part of a sign-and-trade deal that may open up extra potential locations. The Celtics didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Brad Stevens, who additionally coached Hayward in faculty at Butler, recruited Hayward to Boston in 2017 and the staff signed him to a four-year, $128 million deal that made him the most important free agent signing in franchise historical past. But Hayward snapped his leg within the first quarter of his first recreation, lacking the entire 2017-18 season.

He averaged 26 minutes and 11.5 factors the following yr far under his numbers in Utah — and commenced to return to his earlier kind within the bubble this season with 17.5 factors and 6.7 rebounds per recreation.

The two sides determined to push again the deadline for Hayward to determine on the choice till Thursday afternoon. Speaking to reporters throughout the NBA draft on Wednesday evening, Stevens mentioned he wouldn’t push Hayward by hook or by crook.

Its their possibility. Its their alternative. They get to do what they need, the coach mentioned. Ive talked to these guys all yr lengthy. … As they get nearer to these deadlines, I say If you want me, let me know. He is aware of us, he is aware of me and this whole scenario.

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