Hayward reaches $120M deal with Hornets

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Free agent Gordon Hayward is signing a four-year, $120 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday.

Hayward became a free agent Thursday after declining his $34.2 million player option with the Boston Celtics for next season.

Hayward had a tumultuous three years in Boston after signing a four-year, $127.8 million contract in 2017.

He suffered a gruesome foot and ankle injury six minutes into his regular-season debut with the Celtics, causing him to miss the rest of the season. He struggled at times in 2018-19, his first full season back, before taking a significant step forward this past season, when he averaged 17.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 52 games.

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Hayward also was plagued by other assorted injuries with the Celtics, breaking a bone in his hand in November and dealing with nerve pain in his foot in December before suffering a Grade 3 sprain of his right ankle in Game 1 of Boston’s first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers inside the NBA’s bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort.

He returned in the middle of the Eastern Conference

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