Whatever the intention on both sides, the Celtics and Gordon Hayward agreed to extend the deadline for exercising his $34.1 million option from Tuesday night to Thursday at 5 p.m.
The move, whether pushed back so the Celtics can work on a trade involving the power forward, or delayed so the sides can restructure his contract into a more cap-friendly deal, leaves the team in a somewhat nebulous place heading into Wednesday night’s draft.
Rumors will also continue to spread like a crop duster — like the one last night that had the Celtics attempting to make a late push for James Harden.
“No interest,” said a league source with good insight into what the Celtics are doing.
Enes Kanter, too, has until Thursday to decide on his $5 million option — the Celtics may be packaging him as well, or hoping he decides to test the market — and will further impact the most fluid position on their rosters.
The excellence of Daniel Theis aside, the source said that the Celtics are most likely to draft a big man first if they stand pat with the 14th, 26th and 30th picks in the first round. Rebounding and interior physicality — weaknesses exposed whenever the Celtics went up against an active big man, their defensive numbers be damned — are high on the checklist.
Question one, though, involves Robert Williams. Unless he’s packaged somewhere, the Celtics still need to find…