Report: Gordon Hayward To Sign Max 4-Year, $63 Million Hornets Offer Sheet

Last month, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan said his team was in a position to make a “big difference” in upgrading their roster for the upcoming season. And now, he appears to be trying to deliver. Sources informed Yahoo! Sports, restricted free agent Gordon Hayward has signed a maximum four-year, $63 million offer sheet from the Hornets.

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer first reported the signing:


Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski added the contract details, which include a player option for the fourth year, and a 15 percent trade kicker the Hornets added to dissuade Utah from matching.

While the price may seem steep, the Hornets – despite the loss of Josh McRoberts — are a team on the rise. With the lack of talent in the Eastern Conference, they can certainly make some noise come playoff time if the necessary pieces are added. With Hayward possibly on the wing along, Kemba Walker running the offense and Al Jefferson manning the middle, Charlotte may be a team to reckon with for the next multiple seasons.

It should be noted, however, that the Jazz are in fact expected to match the offer sheet, according to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News and Wojnarowski’s report.