Gordon Hayward joins Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets have completed a sign-and-trade deal with the Boston Celtics for veteran forward Gordon Hayward, it was announced on Sunday.

What’s more, the Hornets will receive second-round draft selections in 2023 and 2024 in exchange for a protected 2022 second-round pick.

Hayward’s new contract is worth $120 million over four years.

“To the city of Boston, thank you for embracing me as your own these last 3 years,” Hayward tweeted. “I cannot say thank you enough to all the fans, my teammates, coaches and everyone in the organization I built such strong relationships with…”

He added: “To the city of Charlotte, I can’t wait to start the next chapter in my career! I am ready to play for another incredible organization with the @Hornets. Let’s get it!”

Gordon Hayward career info

The Butler University alum, 30, spent the past three seasons with the Celtics. He contributed 17.5 points per game and a career-best 6.7 rebounds in 52 games this past season.

Before joining Boston, he suited up for the Utah Jazz for seven seasons.

Gordon Hayward averaged a career-high 21.7 points for the Jazz in 2016-17. In 641 career games (479 starts), the 6-foot-7 frontcourt standout has averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

Insights from Hornets GM Kupchak

In announcing the deal Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak hailed Gordon Hayward as a leader on the court.

“We are thrilled to welcome Gordon and his family to the Hornets organization and Charlotte,” Kupchak said. “Gordon is an NBA All-Star, a proven scorer and playmaker and a tough competitor. … We believe that his basketball talent, NBA experience and veteran leadership will make a positive impact on our young, talented team as it continues to develop.”

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