On November 20th, Beijing time, according to The Athletic senior reporter Shams Chalanya, Celtic forward Gordon Hayward finally made the final decision. He chose to jump out of the last year worth 34 million. U.S. dollar contract option to become a free agent. Currently, the Knicks are launching a fierce pursuit of Hayward, he is likely to put on the New York shirt in the new season.
Hayward signed a four-year $128 million contract with the Celtics in 2017. His contract for next season is worth $34 million. Prior to this, Hayward had been hesitant to reach an agreement with the Green Army. Postpone the final deadline for “decision implementation options” to today.
In the end, Hayward made the decision to jump out of the contract and he will transform into a completely free agent. Hayward dared to make such a choice, largely because he had the confidence to sign a longer contract with other teams.
According to “New York Times” reporter Mark Stein, the Knicks are currently chasing Hayward. New York did not implement Bobby Portis’s $15.7 million team option for next season. At the same time, they also waived Thai. -Gibson and Elfried Payton, the team now has the second-highest salary space in the league, they can completely open a satisfactory contract for Hayward.
In this offseason, the Knicks have been chasing a star point guard, but Paul was eventually traded to the Suns. The Rockets are currently standing still. They have not yet decided what to do with Westbrook. In this context, the Knicks turned to aim. Hayward.
As a playmaker, Hayward is very suitable for the Knicks. He can play the role of the second playmaker in the team and use the pass to revitalize the team.
Last season, Hayward played 52 games in the regular season, averaging 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists, shooting 50% from the field and 38.3% from the three-point range. In eight-seeded games, Hayward Germany averaged 34.1 minutes per game, 18.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. His state is approaching the level before the injury.
However, in the first game of the playoffs against the 76ers, Hayward sprained his ankle, which allowed him to rest 12 games. In the third game of the Eastern Conference Finals, Hayward announced his return, but at this time he Has not fully recovered.
According to previous reports from the US media, the Hawks are currently chasing Hayward. Interestingly, the Hawks are the only team in the league with a higher salary than the Knicks. Atlanta also hopes to find an organizer to cooperate with Trey Young to reduce the passing pressure on the latter. Hayward’s steady and veteran side can make him shoulder this task. If the Hawks get Hayward, they The competitiveness of the new season will also greatly increase.
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