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Breaking: Gordon Hayward chooses free agency; Kanter in, Wanamaker out

The decision is in: Gordon Hayward is no longer under contract with the Boston Celtics.

Celtics’ Gordon Hayward has opted out of his $34M deal for the 2020-21 season and will become a free agent, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 19, 2020

There is one glimmer of hope for Hayward to return or the Celtics to be compensated:

Now that Gordon Hayward has opted out, here are the paths forward:

-Re-signs with Boston

-Signs with ATL, CHA or NY outright

-Boston and Hayward work a sign and trade deal to a team over the cap

— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) November 19, 2020

Hayward's opt-out viewed more as a formality.