Free Agency Rumors

Gordon Hayward opting in?

Around the league, front-office executives say they expect that Hayward will opt-in. “It’s too much money to pass up,” one general manager told Heavy.com. “He could get a longer deal if that is what he really wants. But I don’t think the Celtics want to give it to him, they have a lot of young guys to pay and the starting (salary) number on whatever the contract is will not be close to $34 million. He can opt in this year and then take a big contract next year. When you look at what he has done since his injury, he has only gotten better. He could get better next year and be ready for the summer of 2021.”
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Another front-office executive, from the Western Conference, told Heavy.com that even before the coronavirus forced the NBA into a suspended season, he expected that free-agent conditions will give Hayward an easy decision. The only X-factor is whether Hayward has an agreement in place with the Celtics to opt-out and sign a longer deal. “There wasn’t going to be a whole lot of free-agent money on the market this summer no matter what,” he said. “That was always going to make it difficult to figure out how to opt-out and get paid. He could do that and re-sign with the Celtics and there may already be a handshake deal for something like that. I don’t know for sure but it would not surprise me.

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“I told myself after my first year in Europe that if I’m going to stay, I’m going to play for the team with the best fans and coach out here,” Williams said. “If I was going to go back to the NBA, that was going to be my best bet. I just wanted to make sure I was 100% ready to capitalize on the opportunities I was going to get. I’m only 28, and I feel I’m getting better and more consistent as every year goes. I love it out here. It’s fun, can’t complain, but who knows. Maybe next year, some NBA things might happen.”