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Podcast: Gordon Hayward and other free agency news

We break down the reasoning the Hayward signing, rumors, and the best sign-and-trade possibility.

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The Charlotte Hornets signed Gordon Hayward to a 4-year $120 million deal on Saturday. That obviously takes the largest portion of the show, but we do have a few other things to talk about in the back half of the show. Here’s what we’ve got:

  • Apparently we should’ve taken the Hornets reported interest in Hayward more seriously
  • Zach is apprehensive and the size of the contract
  • Hayward’s effect on the team’s development timeline
  • Hayward’s fit with the roster
  • Why concerns about Hayward’s age and injury history may be overblown
  • How the move doesn’t affect the Hornets future flexibility, and why it may have been foolhardy to expect the Hornets to be able to effectively use $70 million of cap space in one offseason
  • The difference between pursuing restricted free agents and unrestricted free agents

  • Willy Hernangomez departs for the Pelicans
  • Dwayne Bacon departs for Steve Clifford and the Magic
  • The Hornets did retain one of their free agents
  • Projected starting lineup and rotation
  • How a sign-and-trade would work between the Celtics and the Hornets, and how the Hornets have the Celtics in a real tough spot
  • The 100% absolute best sign-and-trade outcome