Boston Celtics

Sep 19, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) reacts during the first half of game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

The Boston Celtics and Gordon Hayward need more time.

Facing a 5 p.m. deadline to opt in or out of the final season of his max contract worth over $34 million next season, the Celtics and Hayward have reportedly sought to extend that deadline to make their next decision, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

And so the Hayward Saga continues.

Reportedly on the fence about his Boston future as recently as last night, an extension of this deadline would seemingly point towards a potential trade involving Hayward. The Pacers have been mentioned as a potential Hayward destination all offseason (it certainly helps that Hayward is from the area and lives there in the offseason), and Indiana has some notable pieces that would interest the Celtics, with big man Myles Turner at the top of that list.

Getting some additional time to work out an extension and trade — maximizing Hayward’s money and the C’s return if these sides decide that a break is in their break interest — would be of obvious interest to both sides.

The 30-year-old Hayward averaged 17.5 points per game, and established career-highs in rebounds per game (6.7) and field goal percentage (50 percent), in 52 games with the Green last season.

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