Hornets send Gordon Hayward to Thunder for 3 players, 2 second-round draft picks

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets traded often-injured small forward Gordon Hayward to the Oklahoma City Thunder for guard Tre Mann, forward Davis Bertans, point guard Vasilije Micic and second-round draft picks in 2024 and 2025. The deal became official late Thursday night. The Hornets signed Hayward to a four-year, $120 million contract in 2020 hoping he would help them become a consistent playoff team. But that hasn’t happened as Charlotte is headed toward an eighth straight season without a trip to the postseason, the longest current streak in the NBA. If Hayward is able to return from a left calf strain, he could help the Thunder, who entered Thursday’s games tied with Minnesota and Denver for the best record in the Western Conference.

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