The Boston Celtics for the second year in a row, Kyrie Irving last year, have lost one of the NBA’s best players to free agency and this time it was forward Gordon Hayward who says goodbye when arriving at a deal with the Charlotte Hornets.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Hayward and the Hornets struck a 4-year, $ 30 million-a-year deal, a total of 120 million in total for the four seasons.
Hayward a few years ago was one of the most important scorers in the entire NBA, but after a terrifying injury where he suffered a complete fracture at the calf level that took him out of action for a full year.
On his return he did not have the expected season, in large part because he was still recovering from the injury. With Boston focusing on making Jayson Tatum the center of his offense, Hayward averaged 17.5 points, three points below his season-best 21.9 in 2017.
Hayward joins a team with several young players in Terry Rozier, LaMelo Ball and Devonte Graham, but which some analysts see as a possible surprise team for the next season.
To make room for Hayward, Michael Jordan’s team let go of Nic Batum. A French player who only averaged 3 points per game last season.