Cha-ching! Gordon Hayward must have dollar signs permanently embedded in his eyes now. When you’re offered a $63 million dollar contract, the only thing left to do is to look for the dotted line. The Hornets are pushing to make a major deal in this year’s free agency period and this move means they’re serious. It may be in vein, though, as the Utah Jazz seem hellbent on retaining the young forward. Making a monumental move such as this could put the Hornets in the higher tier of the Eastern Conference. As Sam Amick of USA Today said,
“The Charlotte Hornets can’t be called cheap anymore. And if their latest move pays off like they hope, they may be deemed contenders before long.”
This would give Charlotte a bunch of different options at the 2 and 3 spots: A great defender, a long range shooter, a versatile scorer, etc. However, they should be cautious when throwing this much money around. Hayward is a good player, but he only averaged 30% from the three point line.
That may not be enough to deem him unworthy, but let’s remember that the Hornets just lost a clutch three pointer shooter in Josh McRoberts. Outside of P.J. Hairston, that leaves them with the same group from last season. Perhaps, along with Hairston, they can pursue someone else to bring that offensive spark. Reggie Williams, anyone?
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