The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to sign Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $120 million deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The move, by far the largest of this year’s free agent class, comes on the heels of Hayward’s decision to not exercise his player option with the Boston Celtics.
Hayward turned down a $34.5 million player option in 2020-21 and had been linked to the Indiana Pacers. News of Hayward’s signing in Charlotte thus comes as somewhat of a surprise.
Hayward enjoyed a bounce back campaign in 2019-20 after battling back from injury issues in his first two seasons with Boston. He was, of course, an All-Star the last time he was fully healthy, as a member of the Utah Jazz.
More to come.