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Report: Knicks interested in Gordon Hayward as a free agent

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New York has over $40 million in available cap space this offseason

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According to the New York Times Marc Stein, the New York Knicks may be the latest suitor for Boston Celtics wing Gordon Hayward:

SNY’s Ian Begley later said that the Knicks had interest, but may be moving in a different direction:

Earlier this week there were reports that the Atlanta Hawks would pursue Hayward if he opted out of his $34.2 million contract with the Celtics for the 2020-21 season.

The Knicks and Hawks will both have in excess of $40M in cap space. Both have been rumored to be on the lookout for veteran additions to supplement their young rosters. Atlanta’s GM Travis Schlenk has openly said he wants to improve his team’s passing and shooting, which are two areas Hayward would help in.

As Begley notes, the Knicks got even younger at the 2020 NBA Draft when they selected Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley. That may take them down a longer rebuilding path that Hayward doesn’t fit.

As of this writing, Hayward’s option decision for 2020-21 as not been made or reported on.