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HORNETS ANNOUNCE HAYWARD SIGN-AND-TRADE FROM CELTICS

5 months ago | World Sports News | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

The Charlotte Hornets on Sunday announced that they have acquired forward Gordon Hayward in a sign-and-trade deal from the Boston Celtics.

Hayward joins Charlotte and the team also receives a 2023 and 2024 second-round draft pick in return for a protected 2022 second-round draft pick and also creates a trade exception for Boston.

Hayward signed a four-year contract worth $120 million. The Celtics created a trade exception worth roughly $30 million that must be used within the next year.

Hornets President of Basketball Operations Mitch Kupchak said they are thrilled to welcome Gordon and his family to the Hornets organization and Charlotte.

“Gordon is an NBA All-Star, a proven scorer and playmaker and a tough competitor that will fit well into the needs of our team. We believe that his basketball talent, NBA experience and veteran leadership will make a positive impact on our young, talented team as it continues to develop.” He said.

Charlotte finished 10th in the Eastern Conference in 2019-20 with a 23-42 record. Hayward figures to be a building block moving forward.

Hayward has averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game over his 10-year NBA career, which has included stops with the Utah Jazz and Boston. He’s a career 45.1 percent shooter, including 36.6 percent from 3-point range and 82.3 percent at the foul line.

In 29 playoff games, Hayward averaged 15.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

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