Free agent Gordon Hayward is signing a four-year, $120 million take care of the Charlotte Hornets, agent Mark Bartelstein of Precedence Sports activities advised ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday.
Hayward turned a free agent Thursday after declining his $34.2 million participant choice with the Boston Celtics for subsequent season.
Hayward had a tumultuous three years in Boston after signing a four-year, $127.eight million contract in 2017.
He suffered a grotesque foot and ankle harm six minutes into his regular-season debut with the Celtics, inflicting him to overlook the remainder of the season. He struggled at instances in 2018-19, his first full season again, earlier than taking a big step ahead this previous season, when he averaged 17.5 factors, 6.Four rebounds and 4.1 assists in 52 video games.
Hayward additionally was tormented by different assorted accidents with the Celtics, breaking a bone in his hand in November and coping with nerve ache in his foot in December earlier than struggling a Grade Three sprain of his proper ankle in Sport 1 of Boston’s first-round playoff collection in opposition to the Philadelphia 76ers contained in the NBA’s bubble on the Walt Disney World Resort.
He returned in the course of the Japanese Convention finals in opposition to the Miami Warmth, however struggled as Boston ultimately misplaced in six video games in its third journey to the convention finals up to now 4 seasons.
All advised, he missed 142 video games (playoffs included) after lacking simply 42 in his first seven seasons with the Jazz.
When Hayward, 30, has performed, he has produced, averaging 13.9 factors, 5.Four rebounds and three.6 assists with the Celtics. Final season, he turned the primary Celtics participant to common no less than 15 factors on 50% capturing since Kevin Garnett in 2011-12.
Hayward signed a suggestion sheet with Charlotte in 2014 as a restricted free agent, however the Utah Jazz matched the supply and saved him.
The Celtics have misplaced two max contract gamers to free company up to now two years — Kyrie Irving and Hayward.
To make room for Hayward’s contract, the Hornets will waive Nic Batum‘s $27.1 million expiring contract, in accordance with The Charlotte Observer. The transfer will unfold out Batum’s cap hit over the subsequent three seasons.
Batum averaged 3.6 factors, 4.5 rebounds and three.zero assists over 22 video games final season. After he signed a five-year, $120 million contract in July 2016, Batum’s scoring and help averages have dropped every season since 2016-17.
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.