The Chicago Bulls path to the playoffs simply bought bumpier.
Just a few days after including top-ranked level guard LaMelo Ball in the NBA draft, the Charlotte Hornets signed all-star ahead Gordon Hayward away from the Boston Celtics.
What worth did they pay? Uh, effectively, you might need to see it to imagine it …
Free agent Gordon Hayward is signing a 4-year, $120M cope with Charlotte, per supply.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
GRAB. A. BAG.
This is undoubtedly a steep worth to pay for Hayward’s companies, particularly contemplating Hayward’s current damage historical past. With that stated, Michael Jordan’s entrance workplace appears satisfied Hayward can channel his Utah Jazz days and return to type as one of the higher small forwards in the league. For what it’s price, Hayward had a stable bounce-back marketing campaign final 12 months, averaging 17.5 factors, 4.1 assists, and 6.5 rebounds. Perhaps he can show much more helpful in a state of affairs the place he’s a No. 1 or No. 2 choice in Charlotte.
There is not any query Hayward improves Charlotte’s squad, even when it’s unclear how shortly Rozier, Graham, Ball, Hayward will gel. With the Hawks additionally including key gamers in free company (Danilo Gallinari and Kris Dunn), the Bulls now have extra groups to fear about as they struggle to struggle for the playoffs. Adding Hayward simply provides extra competitors to the backside half of the Eastern Conference playoff image. For occasion, an improved Charlotte group provides them to a mixture of groups that would embrace the Magic, Wizards, Hawks, and Bulls in the NBA’s play-in match for the ultimate slots.
If the Bulls need to be on this aggressive combine, they’ll have to hope Billy Donovan’s presence is sufficient to take roughly the similar 2019-20 roster to the subsequent stage. Of course, there may be all the time an opportunity that this entrance workplace makes a pair of extra strikes this offseason. But it’s going to almost definitely have to come through the commerce market with an already packed roster. At least issues are getting attention-grabbing.