Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward reportedly is receiving trade interest.
“Something to keep an eye on once we find out when NBA teams can start making trades: some within the [Indiana] Pacers organization continue to have interest in trading for Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, per SNY sources,” Begley wrote.
While he technically has a player option for next season, the 30-year-old Hayward is entering the final year of his four-year $127 million deal with the Celtics.
Boston has a solid young core, featuring Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who both play wing positions.
That could make Hayward expendable for the Celtics this offseason. Unloading an expiring contract should be a lot easier than trading a player with multiple years left on his deal.
Hayward has been somewhat of a disappointment in Boston.
He suffered a horrible injury to his leg in his first season and missed a lot of time in this year’s postseason with an ankle injury.
Through his three seasons in Boston, Hayward has averaged 13.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
A change of scenery may be needed for him to get back to his All-Star form from his days with the Utah Jazz.