Trade Proposal Sends Hornets’ Gordon Hayward To 76ers

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One NBA writer is proposing that the Philadelphia 76ers acquire Gordon Hayward from the Charlotte Hornets.

Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report proposed the following trade idea between the Sixers and Hornets:

Philadelphia 76ers receive: Gordon Hayward

Charlotte Hornets receive: Marcus Morris Sr., Nicolas Batum, Jaden Springer and a 2026 first-round pick (via OKC, HOU or LAC)

Buckley proposed this trade because he believes the Hornets need to focus on the future and Hayward could help the Sixers.

“Hayward would fit in a complementary role, since he can operate both on and off the ball,” Buckley wrote. “He could set up Philly’s stars or drive the offense when they take a seat. His shooting stroke would shine, and he could leverage the gravity of the Sixers’ top players by sliding into open spaces on timely off-ball cuts.”

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The Sixers could start Tyrese Maxey, De’Anthony Melton, Hayward, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid if Philadelphia’s front office figured out a way to acquire Hayward from Charlotte. Hayward is making $31.5 million this season. He becomes an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

The 33-year-old Hayward is averaging 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists this season while shooting 46.9% from the field, 39.1% from beyond the arc and 70.3% from the free-throw line.

Hayward has career averages of 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists with the Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics and Hornets. He’s a talented scorer and shooter who could be a valuable asset during trade season since Charlotte is not a playoff team and Hayward is a veteran who is better suited to play for a contender.

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The Sixers have already made one blockbuster trade this season, trading James Harden to the Los Angeles Clippers. It will be fascinating to see if Philadelphia makes another move.

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