As of 6 p.m. Friday, Gordon Hayward will officially become a free agent.
There are still multiple options on the table. He could simply walk away and sign elsewhere, leaving the Celtics to get nothing in return. He and the Celtics could work out a sign-and-trade with another team that doesn't have the cap space to sign him outright. Or he could re-sign with the Celtics on a new contract.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Hayward is "fully focused and wants to sign a deal with the Pacers." That would likely require a sign-and-trade, as the Pacers don't have the cap space on their own to match a number of other teams.
That would be much better than Hayward just walking away, as the Celtics would get something in return. As far as what they might get, a new report from SNY's Ian Begley names wing T.J. Warren and guard Aaron Holiday as two Pacers the Celtics have their eyes on.
The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn has more specifics on where things stand between the Celtics and Pacers:
There had also been reports last week that the Celtics and Pacers discussed a deal centered around a Hayward-for-Myles Turner swap. That could still be on the table as well.
If nothing gets done with Indiana, the Knicks and Hawks are the two teams who have been connected to Hayward the most if he just walks, as they have the cap space to sign him and have reportedly shown interest.
Now a third suitor has emerged, as Hoops Hype's Michael Scotto reports that the Charlotte Hornets are expected to make a push for Hayward.
It's also possible the Hawks could be turning elsewhere, as a new report indicates they are expected to sign Bogdan Bogdanovich to an offer sheet. Bogdanovich was expected to be traded from the Kings to Bucks, but the trade fell through earlier this week.