The Detroit Pistons have been identified as a “possible business partner” with the Charlotte Hornets for forward Gordon Hayward. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony dropped that report amid a fictional NBA draft predicting Memphis big man Jalen Duren at the New York Knicks at No. 11. “Detroit Pistons GM Troy Weaver is one of the greatest Duren fans in the NBA, sources say, and could very well, well, be looking to target him in a nightly trade draft if he continues to slide on the board, especially in Charlotte, who has been identified as a possible business partner for the Pistons in a potential deal with Gordon Hayward.
Source: Paul Kasabian @ Laundress Report
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James Plowright @British_Buzz
“Pistons general manager Troy Weaver is one of Duren’s biggest fans in the NBA, and could very well be looking to target him in a draft night trade…Especially to Charlotte, who has been identified as a possible business partner for the Pistons in a possible Gordon Hayward.”
By @Jonathan Givony pic.twitter.com/gekpvGJF9e – 4:35 p.m.
Mark Dek @MarkDeeksNBA
Absolutely shocked to find out that stretching Nic Batum to give Gordon Hayward nine figures could come back prohibitively expensive and lead to burning assets just to save money at a later date. Wait, no I’m not.
skysports.com/nba/news/36244… – 2:25 p.m.
James Plowright @British_Buzz
I heard an interesting suggestion from @Sam Vecenie on his podcast:
Ayton > Detroit S&T
Hayward > Suns
Commercial exception > Charlotte
That kind of makes sense for all the teams, there would have to be a pick here or there – 09:00
Kamenetzky brothers @KamBrothers
I will be sure @ESPNLosAngeles with@John Ireland from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.! Let’s talk about the Lakers (Russ, Kyrie, Nets, Hornets, Hayward, etc.) trade rumors, Dodgers, Gronk, Sheen family, Mandy Awards preview and more! Listen ! AK– 3:39 p.m.
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He talks about his skills, modeling his game after Gordon Hayward, his draft night plans and more.
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More on this scenario
According to ESPN’s NBA guru Brian Windhorst, the Hornets aren’t just considering the prospect of sending Hayward packing. They also have two first-round picks in the upcoming draft, and it looks like they could use them as leverage in a potential deal: “Keep an eye on the Charlotte Hornets,” Windhorst said. “Now they have two picks in the middle of the draft: picks 13 and 15. People in the league don’t think they’ll make both picks. They might not even choose one or the other. But right now they’re looking to make a deal with one of those picks, combine them with one of the salaries they have in-house. Gordon Hayward is one of the names we hear, potentially to offload cash, potentially to sidestep the draft, as they try to free up salary space for Miles Bridges. He’s a great free agent for them, they have a lot of committed salary. —via Clutch Dots / June 22, 2022
Scott Agness: Gordon Hayward, Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack will be inducted into the Butler Athletics Hall of Fame at a ceremony Sept. 24. -via Twitter @ScottAgness / June 16, 2022
Are there any players in the league now or retired that you would compare yourself to? JL: Gordon Hayward. —via HoopsHype / June 15, 2022