Gordon Hayward’s contract status with the Boston Celtics is keeping any trade discussions with the Atlanta Hawks or other teams in limbo ahead of Wednesday’s NBA Draft.
Hayward and the Celtics agreed Tuesday to push back the deadline for his $34.2 million player option decision two days to Thursday at 5 p.m., meaning he won’t be eligible to be dealt before the draft, according to Yahoo! Sports.
If the 30-year-old forward had opted in by Tuesday’s original deadline, he would have been trade eligible at the draft. A sign-and-trade deal remains a possibility, and the Hawks enter next week’s free-agency opening with an NBA-high $44 million in available cap space. They also can sign Hayward as a free agent if the 10-year veteran declines his option.
Hayward averaged 17.5 points and 6.7 rebounds in 52 games for the Celtics last season, shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from 3-point range.