Gordon Hayward had a few options on the table before ultimately signing a four-year/$120M contract with the Charlotte Hornets. According to Zach Lowe on The Lowe Podcast, Gordon Hayward was offered a four-year deal worth at least $100M from both the Celtics and Pacers.
“You want to clown the contract?” Lowe said on The Lowe Post. “That’s fine. Just know it’s not like the Pacers and the Celtics were offering $80 million. They weren’t offering $120 million. But my best intel is something like $105 million, $108 million, $102 million, $110 million. It’s not like the delta was so huge.”
So it turns out that Gordon Hayward turned down a contract that would’ve brought him back to Boston, as well as a deal that would’ve helped orchestrate a sign and trade with Indiana.
It’s nice to know that Danny Ainge and the Celtics’ only goal wasn’t to trade Hayward. They wanted to have him back on the roster, but it’s obvious Hayward wasn’t interested in taking less money on a contending team. Gordon took the biggest offer and didn’t look back.
Good for Hayward for chasing the bag and going to a team where he can be himself again, but he turned down the chance to win a championship while only making, what, maybe $5M less a year? Gordon really must’ve wanted out of Boston. Oh well, his loss.
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