One of the biggest deals in the NBA that went through in the last 24 hours was Gordon Hayward, who is now a member of the Charlotte Hornets. He signed a four-year deal worth $120 million after his unsuccessful time with the Boston Celtics, in which he struggled with minutes and efficiency. Multiple teams were interested in Haywards services, but Michael Jordan, the Hornets owner, came through and sealed the deal before everybody else did.
Free agent Gordon Hayward is signing a 4-year, $120M deal with Charlotte, per source.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
This wasn’t the Hornets’ first attempt to acquire Hayward because back in 2014, they signed him to an offer sheet in the restricted free agency. However, he remained with the Utah Jazz and later played for the Boston Celtics, with whom he stayed for the last three seasons.
According to Zach Lowe, Michael Jordan himself was involved in the entire negotiation process and expressed his desire to see Hayward in a Hornets jersey.
Michael Jordan called Gordon Hayward late last night in an effort to close the deal for Charlotte, Hayward tells ESPN today. Hayward obviously remembers how MJ and Hornets signed him to an offer sheet in restricted free agency in 2014.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) November 21, 2020
Even though Hayward is a nice addition, there is a lot of uncertainty about his ability to stay healthy, and the most significant question mark is whether he is worth the money the Hornets gave him. An astronomical amount of $30 million per year is a lot of money for a player that isn’t consistent as he used to be.
Hayward played in 52 games last season and averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and four assists per game, which is not bad, but it’s not that great. It will be interesting to see how well he can fit within their system and whether he can be the player he was when playing for the Utah Jazz when he was one of the NBA’s best wing players.