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Pacers exploring sign-and-trade for Gordon Hayward

The Indiana Pacers continue to explore sign-and-trade pathways to try to acquire Gordon Hayward from the Boston Celtics, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks also remain a suitor for Hayward with their salary cap space.

Hayward opted out of his $34.2 million player option with the Celtics and could look to sign elsewhere, or ultimately choose to sign a restructured deal and stay in Boston.

It’s expected that the four options previously listed (Pacers, Knicks, Hawks, or re-sign with Celtics) will be what it comes down to for Hayward, barring a new team showing interest in him.