The Atlanta Hawks reportedly are “In play” to acquire forward Gordon Hayward, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
The 30-year-old has a $ 34.2 million player option for 2020-21 and he has until Thursday to make his decision. Denying the deal would allow the Hawks to add it to free will, though it could also be part of a trade if needed.
Hayward averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game last season with the Boston Celtics.
Hayward initially signed a four-year, $ 128 million contract with Boston in 2017 after winning an All-Star selection in his final year with the Utah Jazz. A leg injury quickly derailed his career, limiting him to just one game in 2017-18 when he didn’t appear to be himself in 2018-19.
The winger returned to form last year but missed most of the playoffs with an ankle injury and averaged just 10.8 points per game in four appearances after his return .
Boston has other scoring options if Hayward leaves this offseason, with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker averaging at least 20 points per game last year.
Atlanta could be more desperate for offensive help after classification 25ème in the NBA in offensive classification last season as part of a 20-47 season. Trae Young won an All-Star selection last year, but Hayward would go on to become a secondary goalscorer and playmaker for the Hawks.
The 10-year-old veteran would also provide much-needed experience for the young squad, especially after Vince Carter retired after last season.
Hayward would likely rotate with the Hawks’ other options on the wing, including De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish.