The Celtics offseason is hindered on whether Gordon Hayward picks up his $34.2 million player option, re-signs in Boston long-term or becomes a free agent.
"I think what his agent Mark Bartelstein is doing right now is canvassing the league," Marks said to Zach Lowe on ESPN's Lowe Post Podcast. "He's doing the Al Horford plan."
"There's some buzz out there and I can't figure out what the buzz means," Lowe said on his podcast. "The buzz that I'm hearing is like the smoke, the smoke indicating that something is happening. I'm not sure what's up but I don't think it's a lock that Gordon Hayward is on the Celtics next year."
One team that Marks believes could offer Hayward a good two or maybe three-year deal is the Atlanta Hawks.
"I think Atlanta is a wildcard in this whole offseason here as far as adding guys, veteran guys trying to kind of accelerate the rebuild a little bit now," Marks said. "And how does Gordon Hayward fit in there at a $24, $25 million number because they've got the cap space to do it"
Atlanta, who Lowe notes is "yearning" to make the playoffs and Hayward could be the veteran to help out All-Star Trae Young and the promising talents of Jason Collins and Cam Reddish to name a few get over the hump.
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