When the Charlotte Hornets initially were named as a team that probably could sign Gordon Hayward outright, it was because no one suspected Hayward would get $30 million a year.
But indeed he did, as Hayward reportedly is leaving the Boston Celtics to sign a four-year, $120 million deal in Charlotte. Hayward still is a good player, but the dollar amount stunned many.
And while another common reaction was that the Celtics blew a deal with the Indiana Pacers that would’ve brought Myles Turner (at least) to Boston, a sign-and-trade still is realistic.
It’s unclear who the Hornets would shed, because there are few options. Nicolas Batum ($27.1 million), Terry Rozier ($18.9 million) and Cody Zeller ($15.4 million) are the only players on Charlotte’s roster right now that make over $10 million a year.