The Charlotte Hornets’ forward Gordon Hayward might part ways with the team in the coming months. The player is not on good terms with the Hornets. Recently, when Kai Jones criticized some teammates publicly, Gordon did not receive it well. It has been said that the player sees himself playing for some other team and wants a trade. The 33-year-old has a lot of options in front of him. Where will he go?
Many contending teams are linked with the Hornets for the veteran. The Mavericks, who have got two stars and are actively looking for the third, are one of the most likely destinations for Gordon. The player has been influential for the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics in the past, apart from the Hornets. Which team can manage to land him? Will the Hornets try to keep him? Here is all the information you need about the Charlotte Hornets trade involving Gordon Hayward.
Gordon Hayward is likely to play for some other team than the Hornets
Why would the Hornets part ways with Gordon Hayward?
Generally rebuilding teams prefer to rely on younger players with one franchise player. They tend to trade off their veterans for some assets so that they can land some star players later. The Hornets are doing the same by doing this deal; they are rebuilding right now and are expected to have a core of LaMelo Ball, Brandon Miller and PJ Washington. They would rather get some return for their veteran than keep him if he asks for a trade.
Charlotte Hornets Roster for 2023-24 Season
STARTERS: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Brandon Miller, Miles Bridges, Mark Williams
BENCH: Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Nick Richards, Nick Smith Jr., James Bouknight, Cody Martin, Frank Ntilikina, Bryce McGowens, JT Thor, Edmond… pic.twitter.com/UUIqs1jSzU
— NBA Latest (@nba_latest_) October 5, 2023
How did Gordon Hayward perform last season?
The Butler Bulldogs product played 50 games for the Hornets last season and averaged 14.7 points per game. He also charted 4.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc.
“At the end of today’s media availability, Clifford revealed that the starting five in that preseason opener will likely be LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, P.J. Washington, and Mark Williams.”
— Buzz (@buzz_szn) October 6, 2023
What was recently said about Gordon Hayward?
Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailer speculated that the Hornets would be near the bottom of the east, and that would push the Hornets’ management to look for options for Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward. The 33-year-old would become a free agent next summer after making $31.5M this season.
Which team will add Gordon to their roster? How will the Hornets line up? We’ll keep you updated.