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A sign-and-trade deal is a possible route, but Atlanta is equipped with the most cap space in the league at around $44 million and can simply sign Hayward to a hefty multi-year deal if he decided to decline his option.
Hayward had a November 17 deadline to decide his course but agreed with Boston to move it to November 19.
The 30-year-old veteran averaged 17.5 points on 50% from the field and 38% from deep while also grabbing 6.7 rebounds last season for the Celtics.
Atlanta is seeking an alternative playmaker alongside Trae Young and will also be looking at the Lakers‘ Rajon Rondo, who is declining his $2.7 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent.