The Boston Celtics are in for an interesting offseason. After making a run to the Eastern Conference Finals and falling short to the Miami Heat, some changes may be made. Gordon Hayward is a name to keep a close eye on.
Rumors have already been circulating about Hayward and it doesn’t sound good for his future with the Celtics.
According to a report from Ryen Russillo via the Bill Simmons Podcast, Hayward wants out. He has not liked how his tenure with the Celtics has gone and would like to leave this offseason if possible.
Hayward has been connected with the Indiana Pacers this offseason. Reports have come out that Indiana could have major interest in making a trade with the Celtics for Hayward. Some have speculated that Myles Turner could be an intriguing target for Boston.
During the 2019-20 NBA season with the Celtics, Hayward showed signs of returning to form from his gruesome ankle injury. He averaged 17.5 points per game to go along with 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Hayward shot 50 percent from the floor and 38.3 percent from the three-point line.
Boston will have a tough decision to make. Moving on from Hayward wouldn’t necessarily hurt the team, but his skill-set would be missed.
At 30 years old, Hayward is still in his prime and can offer a lot to a team that decides to trade for him. Hayward could also opt out of his deal with the Celtics should he choose to go that route. Due to the amount of money owed, however, it seems likely that he will opt in and look for a trade.
Only time will tell what the Celtics decide to do with Gordon Hayward. This is something to keep a close eye on and could make major waves in the offseason.