According to multiple reports, the Hornets' might have finally found their answer to the small forward position, as news broke late last night that Gordon Hayward has agreed to sign an offer sheet with Charlotte. Hayward, who has been a member of the Jazz since being drafted by the team in 2010, averaged an impressive 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game last season in Utah.
Unfortunately for Charlotte, the Jazz, who have rights to Hayward, are expected to match the Hornets' offer for the former Butler star. Ultimentally, this means that Rich Cho and company will have to send a multiple players west through a sign-and-trade deal in order to secure Hayward. Personally, Gerald Henderson comes to mind as a player that could be delt to the Jazz in exchange for versitle swingman who could play both the two or the three in the Queen City.
As far as the specifics go, the Hornets offered the coveted Hayward a maximum deal worth 64 million dollars over four years. For Charlotte, who has yet to sign a player in free agency, this news is certainly encouraging.
As reported last night, the Hornets are also interested in Hayward's Utah teamate, Marvin Williams. Unfortunately, the former Tar Heel is the one of the more coveted power forwards left on the free-agent market and has also received interest from the Heat and Spurs. This suggests that Charlotte will likely have to pay Williams more then originally expected in order to lure him to the Queen City.
Overall, due to Gordon Hayward's interest in Charlotte, there's a very real possibility that he ends up in purple and teal next season despite the Jazz's claims to the swingman. Two days after the devastating news that Josh McRoberts will be heading to Miami to join the Heat, the Hornets' front office is certainly making the effort that fans like to see.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe