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RUMOR: Gordon Hayward linked to Pacers

Gordon Hayward, Pacers trade

Gordon Hayward has some decisions to make after opting-out of his player option with the Boston Celtics, making him an unrestricted free agent. While Hayward has been linked to multiple teams this offseason, he has reportedly expressed interest in joining the Indiana Pacers.

At the beginning of the offseason, many expected Hayward to opt-in with the Celtics, or be part of a sign-and-trade with Boston. Even though he didn’t choose to stay with the Cs, there’s still a chance that he’s involved in a sign-and-trade in the near future.

By opting out of his deal with Boston, the veteran forward forfeited $34 million for the 2020-21 season. Provided that, it’s evident that Hayward wasn’t content with his role with the Celtics, prompting him to move on.

Seeing that the Pacers are over the cap—and don’t have much luxury cap space—they’d likely need to complete a sign-and-trade to acquire Hayward. But as Ian Begley of SNY reports, the Celtics are focused on getting T.J. Warren and Aaron Holiday in a deal, which are two players Indiana are reluctant to move right now.

Following Gordon Hayward’s decision to opt-out with Boston, the New York Knicks have emerged as a team that would like to sign Hayward. The Knicks have freed up plenty of cap room to fit Hayward onto their roster that badly needs a veteran wing.

Despite New York’s interest, the Pacers could spoil their plans by making a move for Hayward. However, it appears that Indiana and Boston are at a stalemate in who the former would send in a trade involving the free-agent small forward.