1. Gordon Hayward, Charlotte Hornets
After injuries and ineffectiveness ruined his time in Boston, Hayward was born again in Charlotte. Hayward averaged just under 18 points per game during his two seasons in Charlotte, making the expensive contract he signed with the Hornets in 2020 look like a bargain in some regards.
As good as he has been, Hayward could be on the market after Michael Jordan is looking to shake things up. While he could be a solid veteran backup that shoots the lights out off of the bench, his lackluster defense and injury history should be cause for concern.
The Toronto Raptors must avoid Gordon Hayward.
Hayward will turn 33 next year and is coming off a year in which his scoring took a big step backward. This came despite playing in a James Borrego offense that operated at a breakneck pace. Hayward is one turned ankle away from becoming an anchor on the salary cap.
OIn his day, Hayward was an All-Star and perfect secondary scorer. While still an effective player, Charlotte will be looking for multiple win-now assets or premium draft picks. The Raptors aren’t in a position to send that kind of ammo over for a player like Hayward.