Why would Gordon Hayward leave and would it hurt the Celtics? – Garden Report

    Gordon Hayward may opt out of his $34 million player option with Boston and pursue a long-term deal. Should the Celtics give him one?


    Bobby Marks on the Zach Lowe Podcast reported that there’s noise around Gordon Hayward potentially going the Al Horford route from the summer of 2019 and opting out of his hefty player option with the Celtics. Why would he do that? The emergence of interest from teams like the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks puts him in position to choose a destination, rather than leaving Boston to possibly trade him.

    The Celtics may be able to get good future pieces if they trade Hayward, but if he leaves outright, what would be the impact on the team? John Zannis, Josue Pavon, Jimmy Toscano and Bobby Manning debate on the Garden Report.

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