Gordon Hayward during shootaround before match.
Gordon Hayward during shootaround before match. Image Credits : Twitter (@gordonhayward)

All-Star shooting guard Gordon Hayward is about to sign with a new team. He will be signing a whopping four-year deal worth $120 million with the Charlotte Hornets. Gordon Hayward became a free agent declining his $34.2 million player option with the Boston Celtics for the next season, this Thursday. Gordon had a great three years with Boston after signing a four-year contract worth $127.8 million in 2017.

In his debut with the Celtics, Hayward suffered a gruesome foot and ankle injury against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening minutes of the season. Causing him to miss the rest of the season. He struggled at the 2018-2019 season. He had averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 46.6% from the field and 83.4% from the free-throw line.

Although this season, he had a significant step forward. He averaged 17.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 52 games. Boston had a record of 48 wins and 24 losses earning themselves the third seed in the Eastern Conference. They swept Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs. Defeated the defending champions, Toronto Raptors in a nail-biting 7 game series. But fell short to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, losing the series 4-2. Back in 2014, Hayward had signed an offer sheet with Charlotte as a restricted free agent, but the Utah Jazz matches the offer and retained him.

While the Charlotte Hornets were 10th seed in the Eastern Conference with only 23 wins and 42 losses. They desperately need to turn around and start performing better. To make room for Gordon Hayward’s massive $120 million contract, the Hornets will waive Nic Batum’s $27.1 million expiring contract. This move will spread out Batum’s cap hit over the next three seasons. The Hornets even drafted LaMelo Ball as their 2nd pick in the NBA Draft. This season, the Hornets will surely try to push for a playoff run.