It looked like the Hornets would cut Nicolas Batum and sign Gordon Hayward outright, leaving the Celtics with nothing when news dropped on Saturday. Now, Charlotte and Boston are talking about a Hayward sign-and-trade that could land Danny Ainge a $30 million trade exception.
The Garden Report crew wonders why Gordon Hayward became so intent on leaving the Celtics and the awkwardness of his exit, outright to the Charlotte Hornets over the weekend with a short message on Instagram and a rambling message from Robyn Hayward thanking the cheese store and police. Did the Haywards like it in Boston? And what went so wrong with what was supposed to be the greatest signing in Celtics history?
How would that change how we feel about Hayward leave, and could it actually be better than a Pacers package of Myles Turner and Doug McDermott? John Zannis, Josue Pavon, Jimmy Toscano and Bobby Manning discuss.