After a tumultuous stint with the Boston Celtics that lasted for 3 years, Gordon Hayward is now heading to the team that he was about to make a deal with six-years ago.
Back in 2014, when Hayward was an unrestricted free agent, the Charlotte Hornets were very keen on bringing him in. However, a better deal with the Utah Jazz led him there instead. However, looks like Michael Jordan has finally gotten through to him.
Hayward agreed to sign a 4-year, $120 million deal with the Hornets. However, nobody was anticipating such a deal to take place. At first, it appeared as though Gordon was looking to play for the Indiana Pacers. But when the outcome was his deal with the Hornets- the fans were left extremely disappointed.
A deal with the Pacers would have brought about a major improvement to the team’s front-court rotation as they were getting Myles Turner and Doug McDermott in return for Hayward.
There was a lot of blame placed on Hayward as well. But it’s not so much his fault than it is the Celtics management’s. They let a player with a max-contract walk away yet again.
Robyn Hayward also reacted to the news of Gordon opting out of his contract with the Celtics. She addressed all the heat and flak that her husband was receiving and wrote, “Contrary to the media in Boston, I have really enjoyed my time there and the relationships I’ve made. I’m going to miss the community I lived in.
“From the local police officers checking in on me every day, and the wonderful friends I made at Roche brothers who were always ready to chat when I was lonely. My wonderful neighbors, and of course my friends at the cheese shop.
“I couldn’t have been as happy as I was without all of you. Trust is a hard thing to have in the NBA world. But I do trust my small community always had my back.
“We are grateful to them for keeping us company while Gordon was away. I am excited to see my husband show his talents again and play for Charlotte. We can’t wait to start this adventure.”
Hayward has suffered a difficult time with the Celtics. Unable to play his first season due to an awful leg injury and being criticized for his poor performances alongside Kyrie Irving, it has not been easy.
Happy with his deal, Hayward will be starting a new chapter in his career with the Hornets. Will his string of bad luck finally come to an end?
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