Gordon Hayward is getting paid — just not by the Knicks. After opting out of his deal with the Celtics and getting some interest from the Knicks, Hayward on Saturday landed a monster contract with
Gordon Hayward is getting paid — just not by the Knicks.
After opting out of his deal with the Celtics and getting some interest from the Knicks, Hayward on Saturday landed a monster contract with the Hornets worth four years and $120 million, The Post’s Marc Berman confirmed.
The Knicks entered free agency with $35 million in cap space and were in play for Hayward, but they were not interested in him at that exorbitant price — which nearly matched the four-year, $128 million deal he got from the Celtics in 2017, before he suffered a major leg injury in his Boston debut. The former All-Star cashed in after opting out of the final year of his contract with the Celtics, in which he was set to earn $34 million.
Though the Knicks could have benefitted from Hayward’s shooting, they originally thought they could sign him on a two-year deal. Instead, the market for the 30-year-old — which also included his hometown Pacers — blew up, leading to the Hornets overpaying for the wing who never got settled in Boston.
The huge contract Hayward snagged from Michael Jordan’s franchise comes with some risk. It was just three years ago Hayward signed a four-year, $128 million deal with the Celtics. His tenure in Boston was rocky from the start, though, as he suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle minutes into his Celtics debut. Over the next two seasons, he averaged 14 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 48.4 percent from the floor and 35.8 percent from deep.