BOSTON (CBS) — Gordon Hayward is now not a member of the Boston Celtics, after he bolted by way of free company when the Charlotte Hornets gave him a four-year, $120 million contract.
Dropping Hayward is a giant blow to the Celtics, particularly since they misplaced a core participant for nothing. However the blow was softened a bit as a result of there was no method the Celtics would commit that a lot cash and that a few years to a 30-year-old who has battled accidents the final three years.
Because it seems, the Celtics appeared open to giving Hayward one other big-money extension. In line with ESPN’s Zach Lowe, each Boston and the Indiana Pacers (whom the C’s had been reportedly in sign-and-trade talks with earlier than Hayward signed with Charlotte) had been keen to present Hayward contracts north of $100 million.
“You wish to clown the contract? That’s effective. Simply comprehend it’s not just like the Pacers and the Celtics had been providing $80 million. They weren’t providing $120 million, however my finest intel is one thing like $105 million, $108 million, $102 million, $110 million,” he said on the latest edition of The Lowe Post. “It’s not just like the delta was so enormous.”
The Pacers are over the cap, so they’d have needed to work out a sign-and-trade with the Celtics, sending a participant or two again to Boston as a way to signal Hayward to that expensive deal. That may have been one costly dedication to carry Hayward house to Indiana.
And Celtics followers, although bummed that Hayward received’t be on the workforce in 2020-21, need to really feel a tad bit relieved that the Celtics didn’t pony up and lock Hayward in for 4 extra years at greater than $25 million yearly.
Hayward’s cope with the Hornets is one of the most criticized signings from the primary weekend of NBA free company. However because it seems, the Celtics and the Pacers may simply as simply be those getting crushed over signing Hayward to an enormous contract.