The destination for Celtics star Gordon Hayward was one of the hot topics in the 2020 free agency. While Hayward was linked to several teams, the Michael Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets emerged as the dark horse destination for him.
According to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hornets have signed him on a massive 4-year deal. “Free agent Gordon Hayward is signing a 4-year, $120M deal with Charlotte, per source.”
Free agent Gordon Hayward is signing a 4-year, $120M deal with Charlotte, per source.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
This is a surprising turn of events for the 30-year-old forward. Ever since the gruesome leg injury that he suffered in his first year with the Celtics, he has not been the same player. But despite this risk, the Hornets have placed their trust in Hayward.
In the 2019-20 NBA season, Hayward averaged a solid 17.5 points per game while starting in all 52 games of the regular season. However, during the Playoffs, he suffered another injury and was sidelined for the majority of the postseason.
Maybe his career will be revived while being a primary option with the Hornets. Only time will tell. Meanwhile, Twitter has reacted to this unlikely signing by the Hornets.
Twitter reacts to Charlotte Hornets signing Gordon Hayward
NBA Twitter community was surprised by this news. Many fans still believe that this decision will haunt the franchise down the line.
Gordon Hayward after finessing MJ and the Hornets for $120 million pic.twitter.com/NamwZfyTPj
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) November 21, 2020
Danny Ainge has signed 2 big time FAs in his entire tenure with the Celtics: Al Horford & Gordon Hayward.
He lost them both for nothing, with no obvious way to replace either, without either ever playing in a Finals game.
— nick wright (@getnickwright) November 21, 2020
MJ: gives $120M to Nicolas Batum
MJ seeing Gordon Hayward is available: pic.twitter.com/A1faYUResx
— Derek Reifer (@d_reif) November 21, 2020
Hornets fans after getting LaMelo and Gordon Hayward in the same offseason pic.twitter.com/tR8PZM0OTr
— Overtime (@overtime) November 21, 2020
Wait, Gordon Hayward got paid HOW MUCH!? pic.twitter.com/3jcJlfsayl
— theScore (@theScore) November 21, 2020
As unlikely as it might sound, Hayward will be making $30 million per year with the Hornets. Hayward combined with a young prospect in LaMelo Ball could be a recipe for success for the Hornets but it can just as easily go wrong.
Will Hayward revive his career with the Hornets?
Signing any player for a $30 million deal comes with its own sets of risks. The Hornets have already faced that when they signed Nicolas Batum for a similar deal. But according to NBA insider Drew Shiller, Jordan has full belief in Hayward.
“Gordon Hayward signed a 4 year, $63 million offer sheet with Charlotte back in 2014, but the Jazz matched it. Michael Jordan loves him some Gordon Hayward!!”
Gordon Hayward signed a 4 year, $63 million offer sheet with Charlotte back in 2014, but the Jazz matched it. Michael Jordan loves him some Gordon Hayward!! https://t.co/M8LTOUBm4k
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) November 21, 2020
The franchise has finally seen its wish come true to sign Hayward. But this time around, there is a huge question mark on this deal that Hayward has been offered.
What are your thoughts on this massive signing by the Hornets? Will it pay off or will it go down the drain as a poor decision by the team? Let us know in the comments section down below.
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