James Gatz wrote:If we can get off Rozier's contract and not stretch Batum then I'm much more okay with Hayward deal. Despite his good statistical year last year I think he regresses and isn't worth what he's being paid next two years.
You are going to be pleasantly surprised then. Hayward could have been doing a lot more on the Celtics this past season when he was healthy. Young guys coming up and him basically being unselfish and team oriented to a fault is why he fell to a "4th" option when he was clearly a better and more polished player than Jaylen Brown. The difference is Brown basically looked for his shot every time he got the ball and Hayward was always looking for the best shot for the team. On the Hornets he's now the main guy, period, and he will have his best season since 2017. Look for him to put up 20-22ppg, 6rpg, 5apg while playing his usual solid defense this upcoming season. I'd say there is almost zero chance he regresses and instead improves unless it's because of injuries.
He's certainly not worth 30 million a year over the next 4 seasons, but as long as he's healthy the team will definitely get at least a good two all star level seasons out of him.