Gordon Hayward plans to sign a four-year, $ 120 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Hayward’s decision to sign with the Hornets ends a tenuous three-year relationship with the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics are not expected to get anything in return via the sign and trade for Hayward’s departure.
Instead, the Hornets plan to forgo Nicolas Batum’s expiring $ 27.1 contract to create the salary cap space needed to sign Hayward.
Hayward’s time in Boston was marred by a variety of injuries, including and embodied in a horrific leg injury just minutes into his Celtics career.
Now, Hayward will have the opportunity to play a role similar to what he had with the Utah Jazz as a first or second option on the offense.
Hayward is still capable of playing at an elite level – as evidenced by his stats from last year averaging 18PPG, 7RPG and 4APG on 50% shooting from the field, 38% shooting from three and 86%. shooting from the line.
Not to mention that Hayward only had an average utilization rate of 19% during his three years in Boston.
The Celtics will look to second-year Romeo Langford and rookie Aaron Nesmith – both No.14 in the NBA Draft – to make up for Hayward’s absence on the wing.