Celtics Officially Trade Gordon Hayward to the Hornets

People thought Gordon Hayward was nuts for declining his player-option of $34 million. Less than a week later, Hayward signed a massive $120 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets, and now all of a sudden he doesn't look so crazy. 

Today, Hayward to the Hornets became official and it wasn't before the Celtics worked it out to a sign-and-trade to reek a serious benefit for Hayward leaving.

The deal gives the Celtics some more money to work with if they want to acquire another player at some point before or during next season. A trade exception lasts one year from the day it's created. The Celtics can now acquire a player via trade without having to send offsetting salaries in exchange. 

Hayward never lived up to the hype in Bean Town and couldn't stay healthy. He averaged 13.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists over his three seasons.

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