Celtics, Hayward extend option deadline to Thursday

Celtics, Hayward extend option deadline to Thursday

"Amid a growing belief leaguewide that Hayward will decline his $34 million player option for next season, NY may loom as Hayward's best option given all the Knicks' newfound cap space".

Hayward had initially had until Tuesday evening to decide whether to opt into the final year of his four-year contract, which is slated to pay him $34.2 million.

In the hours leading up to Wednesday night's National Basketball Association draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly are interested in Boston Celtics veteran Gordon Hayward.

The Knicks are one of the few teams with an abundance of salary cap space entering the start of free agency on Friday. He may also sign outright with a new team, with the Knicks and Hawks reportedly interested in signing Hayward.

The Knicks could be Hayward's best option given their cap space situation.

As of now, Hayward's feelings towards the Celtics are clearly complicated, with an anonymous Eastern Conference executive surmising that the veteran forward may feel betrayed by Boston giving him an auxiliary role. He's played pretty well when healthy, and scored 17.5 points per game past year, but the veteran forward hasn't been able to consistently stay on the floor.

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