Knicks targeting Gordon Hayward ahead of free agency

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The New York Knicks have been “aggressive” in their pursuit of Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward all week, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

There’s a “growing belief” leaguewide that Hayward will turn down his $34.2 million player option for the 2020-2021 NBA season.

If he ultimately does, the Knicks “may loom” as Hayward’s best option, given that they have cleared about $40 million in cap space.

Hayward, 30, has until this afternoon to decide on his player option.

The Atlanta Hawks also have emerged as a potential suitor for Hayward in free agency.