What Will It Take For Hornets To Trade Gordon Hayward?

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The Charlotte Hornets gave Gordon Hayward a massive four-year deal during the 2020 offseason worth $120 million. The money was huge and this is what it took for Hayward to leave the Boston Celtics. Now, he could be moved once again if the Hornets want to shake things up.

Hayward averaged 19.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game in his first season in Charlotte. He struggled to stay on the floor and played just 44 games.

This season, he has been healthy and is making an impact. Gordon Hayward is averaging 17.1 points and shooting 39.2% from three-point range. There is some new value around Hayward this season and Charlotte could take advantage.

Injury concerns remain a factor around Hayward but he fits in well with the Hornets. He mans the small forward position for a team with a strong backcourt.

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LaMelo Ball has turned into a star and Terry Rozier agreed to an extension in the offseason. When thinking about potential trades that could be made, Gordon Hayward would have to bet involved.

When looking at the Hornets, they have plenty of options at guard but struggle down low. They have been unable to improve the frontcourt over the years.

Heading toward the trade deadline, Myles Turner is a center that has been linked to the Hornets. He would solve their problems down low and Hayward would lead the return going to Indiana.

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Jerami Grant is another 3-and-D option that could improve the frontcourt. This is where the value of Hayward would help immediately. 

There has not been a lot of concrete statements made on whether or not Hayward will be moved but it remains an option. Charlotte has a chance to make the postseason this year and this is especially true if they can balance the rotation on both ends. This is where Hayward would come into play.

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There are already plenty of big names on the block heading into the new year and there could be even more if Gordon Hayward appears in rumors. The Hornets will definitely have plenty of interest for their star.