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Gordon Hayward has reportedly found new NBA home Veteran forward signs four-year, $ 120 million contract with Charlotte Hornets, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says Hayward had a $ 34 million player option with the Boston Celtics for the 2020-21 NBA season which he turned down earlier this week in favor of free agency In order to make room for Hawyard’s new deal, the Hornets will drop Nic Batum, by Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte will be Hayward’s third home in the NBA after stints with the Jazz and Celtics Charlotte’s interest in Hayward isn’t necessarily new, as he signed an offer sheet with the Hornets in 2014 in as a restricted free agent, but the Jazz eventually matched the offer and kept him in Utah Hayward then signed a four-year, $ 128 million contract with the Celtics in 2017.The Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks are also reportedly interested in signing Hayward

Hayward, 30, has worked tirelessly to return to the peak of his powers after suffering a devastating ankle injury that ended the season in his first game with the Celtics in October 2017 After starting in just 18 total games during the 2018-19 season, Hayward started in all 52 regular season games he played with the Celtics last season. He’s averaged nearly nine more minutes of playing time per game, and he increased his average score per game by six points (from 115 to 175) Unfortunately, another ankle injury limited Hayward to just five. playoff appearances, but he was able to return for the Boston Conference Finals with Miami

There was speculation Hayward could stay in Boston on a new deal, but that was still unlikely given Boston is already well established on the perimeter, thanks to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in Charlotte, Hayward will have a bigger role, and he’s quickly becoming one of the faces of a franchise that lost its star player, Kemba Walker, in free agency last offseason. In addition to Hayward, the Hornets also have plenty of young talent, including including Devonte ‘Graham, Miles Bridges, PJ Washington and LaMelo Ball, the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft

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