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Hayward Jumps to Charlotte, Crowder Goes to Phoenix


Gordon Hayward is finally headed to Charlotte Hornets after agreeing to a four-year deal, while Jae Crowder also moved to Phoenix Suns after a stellar season with NBA runner ups Miami Heat.

In a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Hayward’s manager Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports has confirmed the former Boston Celtics gunner’s four-year, $120M deal with Charlotte.

To give way to the arrival of Hayward, the Michael Jordan-owned Hornets was forced to waive veteran forward Nicholas Batum.

Back in 2014, Hayward was close to playing for the Hornets after signing an offer sheet but was then matched by his former team Utah Jazz forcing him to stay on.

Crowder, on the other hand, is set to sign a three-year, $30M deal with the Suns, according to a report by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Milwaukee Bucks, meanwhile, also strengthened its roster after signing center Bobby Portis to a two-year deal and veteran guard DJ Augustin to a three-year contract.

Other free agents signees were Brad Wanamaker to Golden State Warriors, Jeff Green to Brooklyn Nets, Tristan Thompson to Boston Celtics, Wes Iwundu to Dallas Mavericks, Raul Neto to Washington Wizards and John Konchar to Memphis Grizzlies.