Hornets trading Gordon Hayward to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Tre Mann and Davis Bertans

By Jeremy Grandison

February 8, 2024 (updated)

The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade Gordon Hayward to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Tre Mann, Davis Bertans, Vasilije Micic, and two second-round draft picks (2024 and 2025), according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Hayward signed a four-year, $120 million deal with the Hornets in 2020, choosing to decline his $34 million player option that would’ve kept him in Boston. Hayward is in the last year of his deal ($31.5 million) and will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. 

Former Hornets majority owner Michael Jordan showed interest in Hayward prior to 2020, extending an offer sheet in 2014 that was signed by Hayward, but ultimately matched by Utah to retain the restricted free agent. 

Hayward’s tenure in Charlotte has been marred by injuries, playing in only 168 games throughout four seasons. He last suited up for the Hornets on December 26 in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and is currently averaging 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in 25 games this season. 

Tre Mann is in his third NBA season, and the No. 18 pick in the 2021 draft out of University of Florida will provide much-needed depth at the point guard position for the Hornets. Ish Smith and Cody Martin have been Charlotte’s primary point guard options due to LaMelo Ball’s absence. The Hornets also added perimeter shooting in the frontcourt with the acquisition of Davis Bertans. Bertans shoots 39.8% from the perimeter for his career, giving Charlotte a reliable floor spacer.

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