Boston Celtics

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 23: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics stands on the court before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

It would appear the Gordon Hayward era in Boston is over.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Hayward is signing a four-year, $120 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets. Hayward became a free agent on Thursday after he declined his one-year, $35 million player option with the Celtics.

This move comes as a bit of a surprise following reports Friday night that the Celtics and Indiana Pacers seemed to be in the final stages of a sign-and-trade that would send Hayward home to Indiana in exchange for a package highlighted by Myles Turner.

Multiple reports have indicated that Hayward’s deal with Charlotte can only work as a sign-and-trade. No details on the Celtics return have been made available yet, and we will update this story as new news emerges…

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