What Gordon Hayward’s Departure Means For The Boston Celtics

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 13: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics stands with Head Coach ... [+] Brad Stevens during the game against the LA Clippers at TD Garden on February 13, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 13: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics stands with Head Coach ... [+] Brad Stevens during the game against the LA Clippers at TD Garden on February 13, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Gordon Hayward's time with the Boston Celtics officially has come to an end, just days after the 30-year-old opted out of $32.4 million to become an unrestricted free agent.

Hayward is signing a four-year, $120 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Last year, the Celtics lost Al Horford to a massive deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, while Kyrie Irving left for the Brooklyn Nets. This offseason, it's Hayward who had a major offer waiting for him.

An average annual value of $30 million is eye-opening. Hayward is a great player, but many didn't think he'd be able to find that kind of money on this year's market. But in hindsight, his decision to opt out of $32.4 million was telling. You don't leave big money like that without the confidence of another significant offer waiting for you on the open market. As it turns out,

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