Tim Bontemps reports that Gordon Hayward signed a four-year, $ 120 million contract with the Hornets (0:49)

Free agent Gordon Hayward signs four-year, $ 120 million contract with Charlotte Hornets, Priority Sports agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday

Hayward became a free agent Thursday after turning down his $ 34 2 million player option with the Boston Celtics for next season

Hayward spent three tumultuous years in Boston after signing a four-year, $ 127 deal with 8 million contracts in 2017

He suffered a horrific foot and ankle injury six minutes after 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 comeback season, before taking a significant step forward last season, when he was on average 17 years old.5 points, 64 rebounds and 41 assists in 52 games

Hayward has also been plagued with various other injuries with the Celtics, breaking a bone in his hand in November and suffering nerve pain in his foot in December before sustaining a Grade 3 right ankle sprain during from Boston’s first game playoff round against the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World Resort

He came back midway through the Eastern Conference final against the Miami Heat, but struggled as Boston ultimately lost in six games on their third trip to the conference finals in the past four seasons.

In total, he missed 142 games (playoffs included) after missing just 42 in his first seven seasons with the Jazz

When Hayward, 30, played, he averaged 139 points, 54 rebounds and 36 assists with the Celtics Last season, he became the first Celtics player to average at least 15 points on 50% shots since Kevin Garnett in 2011-12

Hayward signed an offer sheet with Charlotte in 2014 as a restricted free agent, but the Utah Jazz matched the offer and kept it

The Celtics have lost up to two contract players to free agency in the past two years – Kyrie Irving and Hayward

To make room for Hayward’s contract, the Hornets will give up Nic Batum’s $ 27 million expiring contracts, according to The Charlotte Observer The move will extend Batum’s course over the next three seasons

Batum averaged 36 points, 45 rebounds and 30 assists in 22 games last season After signing a five-year, $ 120 million contract in July 2016, Batum’s scoring and assist averages have plummeted every season since 2016-17

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Source: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/30359329/gordon-hayward-reaches-four-year-120-million-deal-charlotte-hornets