September 28, 2020, 1:09 pmGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
ESPN's Tim Bontemps reports Gordon Hayward will likely pick up his 2020-21 $34M player option.
This is a no-brainer considering the amount of money on the line. Despite coming off his best season since joining the Celtics, Hayward also built up a bit of a reputation for being injury prone this year. He missed 19 games in the truncated regular season, then hurt his ankle in the bubble and missed two playoff series. Hayward finished the season as the 44th ranked overall player in 9-cat leagues, averaging 17.3 points on an incredibly efficient 50.2% from the field, along with 1.5 threes, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists. His injury history and playoff performance mean that were he to opt out now there is little chance he'd be able to sign a new deal worth anywhere close to $30M per year, but he'll continue to be a solid fantasy option next year in all formats.
Source: Tim Bontemps for ESPN