The Boston Celtics have exchanged Gordon Hayward and second-round draft picks in 2023 and 2024 to the Charlotte Hornets in return for a restrictive 2022 second-round draft pick.
The sign-and-trade arrangement makes a $28.5 million exchange exemption for the Celtics, the biggest in NBA history. The Celtics will get Charlotte’s draft pick just if the Hornets finish in the main five in the alliance next season, so it’s far-fetched they will get anything in the arrangement other than emptying Hayward’s agreement.
Hayward, 30, declined his $34.2 million player alternative with Boston recently, finishing a wild three-year run with the group, at that point consented to a four-year, $120 million arrangement with the Hornets.
“We are thrilled to welcome Gordon and his family to the Hornets organization and Charlotte,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “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.”
To assist make with staying for Hayward’s compensation, Charlotte deferred Nicolas Batum. The last year of his arrangement will be extended throughout the following three seasons as a yearly $9 million dead cap hit. The Hornets additionally deferred forward Ray Spalding.
Hayward, a 10-year NBA veteran, has showed up in 641 customary season games with 479 beginnings with the Jazz and Celtics, averaging 15.3 focuses, 4.4 bounce back and 3.5 aids 30.8 minutes per game. The 6-foot-7 forward has showed up in 29 postseason games with 16 beginnings, averaging 15 focuses, 4.6 bounce back and 2.9 aids 33 minutes for every game.
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