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NBA fans can't believe Michael Jordan gave Gordon Hayward a $120 million deal

For The Win logo For The Win 11/21/2020 Nick Schwartz
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Former Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward was one of the biggest fish in free agency this year, and after it appeared that he could be heading home to Indiana to play for the Pacers, it was reported on Saturday that Hayward has agreed to a 4-year, $120 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets.

The outcome of the Hayward situation left fans questioning both the Celtics’ Danny Ainge – who ended up with nothing for Hayward after reportedly negotiating a deal that could have landed him the Pacers’ Myles Turner – and Hornets owner Michael Jordan, who has committed to paying the 30-year-old Hayward $30 million a year after not offering Kemba Walker a supermax last year. Hayward has a troubling injury history, having played an average of 41.6 games per season for the Celtics over the last three years, and was limited to five games in the 2020 playoffs.

Given the Hornets’ smaller market and lack of success – the franchise has made the playoffs just three times in the last 16 seasons, and hasn’t been out of the first round since 2002 – it’s not surprising that Charlotte would have to offer a sizable contract to attract a top free agent. Still, a young team with no real immediate aspirations to contend settling on Hayward – which also required the Hornets to waive and stretch Nic Batum just to create the cap space – isn’t a move that’s going over well on NBA Twitter.


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