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Gordon Hayward’s $120 million haul from Hornets in free agency comes with an apology

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Gordon Hayward has agreed to a four-year, $120 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, inciting a lighthearted apology from the Phoenix Suns’ Mikal Bridges.

Similar to Bridges, most people were confused as to why Hayward chose to decline his player option with the Boston Celtics. Hayward would have made $34 million if he were to opt-in with the Celtics for the 2020-21 season.

While he won’t make $34 million a year with the Hornets, Hayward now has the luxury of a long-term deal. With the uncertainties of the future salary cap due to COVID-19, it is wise for players to get as much money as they can, especially if it comes in the form of multi-year deals.

Injuries have been a common theme for Hayward since he joined the Celtics in 2017. In the past three seasons, Gordon Hayward has played in only 125 of 236 possible games for Boston.

The veteran forward will now go from a Boston team that has been a postseason mainstay to a Hornets squad looking to build themselves into a playoff contender. Upon joining Charlotte, Hayward will be forming a starting lineup that likely features Devonte’ Graham, Terry Rozier, and P.J. Washington.

A lot of fans and media pundits were surprised to see Hayward decline his player option with the Celtics given the value of it. Contrary to what everyone thought, including Bridges, Hayward came away with a massive deal with the Hornets.

Ultimately, this deal will continue to make daddy Gordon always happy.