Gordon Hayward agreed to a four-year, $120 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.
Shortly after the details of the deal emerged, his wife Robyn penned a special note directed at Boston – and took a jab at the media with whom she has apparently had a contentious relationship.
“Contrary to the media in Boston I have really enjoyed my time there and the relationships I’ve made,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I’m going to miss the community I lived in from the local police officers checking in on me everyday, and the wonderful friends I made at Roche brothers who were always ready to chat when I was lonely, my wonderful neighbors, and of course my friends at the cheese shop.
“I couldn’t have been as happy as I was without all of you. Trust is a hard thing to have in the NBA world but I do trust my small community always had my back. We are grateful to them for keeping us company while Gordon was away,” she continued.
“I am excited to see my husband show his talents again and play for Charlotte, we can’t wait to start this adventure.”
When Hayward initially left the Utah Jazz and signed with the Boston Celtics there was a lot of optimism surrounding his future with the organization. Unfortunately, things went awry almost from the jump.
Hayward suffered a dislocated left ankle and fractured his left tibia during opening night, and although he eventually worked his way back to game shape, he never quite became the player he seemed like he was trending to be with Utah.
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Paulina Gretzky knows how to celebrate. https://t.co/CH5WJHxifE
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 20, 2020
Over the course of 125 games with the Celtics Hayward averaged 13.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
Now the 30-year-old will join a young Hornets group built around LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Miles Bridges and Devonte’ Graham.
His big deal comes with sizeable expectations, and it will be interesting to see if Charlotte will be able to make the playoffs this year.
Poor Kyle Kuzma out here catching strays. https://t.co/AoWC9QuGv6
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 18, 2020
If Hayward can ultimately recapture the magic he had with the Jazz, stay healthy and play well off Ball – then this could prove to be a very good deal for the Hornets.
If not, then Hayward’s contract will join the likes of Nicolas Batum’s and Bismack Biyombo’s as examples of the Hornets blowing tons of money on players they very clearly should’ve avoided.