While many assumed that the Hornets’ offer was by far the richest that Hayward received, it appears at least two other teams offered the one-time All-Star similarly hefty contracts.
“You want to clown the contract?” said Zach Lowe. “That’s fine. Just know it’s not like the [Indiana] Pacers and the [Boston] 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.”
It looks like Hayward put more of an emphasis on earning a leadership role over any other factor when choosing his new team.
Now, Hayward and rookie LaMelo Ball will look to harbor in a new era of success in Charlotte.
Last season, Hayward averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He looked far more comfortable on the court this past season compared to the previous, which was his first year back after suffering a devastating ankle injury in 2017.
As for the Celtics and Pacers, they will surely look to continue the relative success they have enjoyed over the past few seasons.