According to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports, there might be more moving parts to this deal than many believe. Smith points out that Charlotte has to either work a sign-and-trade with Boston, trade away $7.5 million elsewhere or waive Nicolas Batum to clear some cap space.
I have Charlotte as able to get to max cap space of only about $20.7M.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) November 21, 2020
This has to be a sign and trade for Hayward to get $30M AAV.
A lot could depend on if $120M is a generous round-up or not. https://t.co/zyWun2a4mx— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) November 21, 2020
Regardless, it appears Hayward is on his way to Charlotte after a rather underwhelming career with the Celtics that was marred by injury. However, the 30-year-old still managed to average 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game last season while shooting 50 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from beyond the arc.
After selecting LaMelo Ball third overall in the 2020 NBA Draft, it appears the Hornets are all-in on trying to build a title contender around the youngest Ball brother. If Hayward can return to the player he once was with the Utah Jazz, Charlotte could look different this coming season.