On Saturday afternoon, former Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward finally decided where he wants to play next.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Hayward is signing with the Charlotte Hornets. Woj broke down the details of the deal: a four-year, $120 million deal for Hayward.
Earlier this week, he turned down a $34.2 million qualifying offer from the Celtics. After that, NBA fans and analysts alike wondered if he would even come close to a deal like that.
Well, that was before Michael Jordan stepped in and decided to offer the former All-Star $30 million per season.
Here’s the news from Woj.
Free agent Gordon Hayward is signing a 4-year, $120M deal with Charlotte, per source.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
Earlier this week, Hayward was connected to both the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. Initial reports suggested he would opt-in to his deal with the Celtics, who would trade him to either the Pacers or Knicks.
After neither of those became a legitimate option, Hayward decided to take the biggest deal on the table.
When he signed with the Celtics a few years ago, he reunited with his former college head coach Brad Stevens. Unfortunately, the two didn’t have nearly the same amount of success they had back then.
Hayward’s Celtics tenure was marred by injuries and not nearly enough success in the playoffs.
Now he’s headed to Charlotte, who just selected LaMelo Ball with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft.