On Saturday afternoon, former All-Star Gordon Hayward shocked the NBA world with his free agency decision.
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.
After he turned down a $34.2 million qualifying offer from the Boston Celtics, it didn’t look like Hayward would get a deal anywhere near that. Lucky for him, Michael Jordan was feeling generous.
Of course, Jordan’s interesting decision led to quite the reaction from basketball fans on social media. Many fans used Jordan’s comments from the ESPN documentary “The Last Dance” where the Bulls star had one comment that went viral.
Check it out.
Michael Jordan seeing other teams hand out bad contracts: pic.twitter.com/r6DJbHp6pV
— Bam Adobobayo (@MannyMontana305) November 21, 2020
The Hornets have made a few interesting decisions over the past few years. Charlotte handed out sizable contracts to Hayward, former Celtics point guard Terry Rozier and guard Nicolas Batum.
All three of those players are making over $18 million per season, with Batum at $27 million and Hayward now at $30 million. The Hornets are also paying forward Cody Zeller over $15 million per season.
The contract decisions from Michael Jordan and the Charlotte organization have come under fire in recent years. Shelling out $30 million for an aging Gordon Hayward won’t do the team any favors.