Brad Stevens, who also coached Hayward in college at Butler, recruited Hayward to Boston in 2017 and the team signed him to a four-year, $128 million deal that made him the biggest free agent signing in franchise history.
In addition to the news about Hayward on Thursday, the Celtics saw Enes Kanter pick up his $5 million player option for next season, while the team exercised its $1.75 million option on the final year of forward Semi Ojeleye's contract, as well.
The injury kept him out until midway through the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat. Last season, he became the first Celtics player to average at least 15 points on 50% shooting since Kevin Garnett in 2011-12.
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Shopping malls and other non-essential services will also have to close but will be able to remain open for pick-up and delivery. In the province's long-term care homes, 619 residents now have COVID-19 and 15 new deaths have been reported today.
Ultimately, Hayward chose to head to Charlotte, where he signed a four-year, $63-million offer sheet back in 2014 that was eventually matched by the Utah Jazz.
When NBA free agency opened on Friday night, many expected Hayward to land with his hometown Pacers.
That was one doozy of a press conference the Celtics held on September 1, 2017, to introduce Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. The move will spread out Batum's cap hit over the next three seasons. But he suffered a catastrophic leg injury just five minutes into his first game with the Celtics, a setback from which he only just showed signs of recovering from last season as he averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists.