- Gordon Hayward signed a four-year, $ 120 million contract to play for the Charlotte Hornets.
- Hayward also signed a deal in 2014 with Charlotte, but the Jazz matched the offer.
- Michael Jordan reportedly sealed the deal when he called Hayward on Friday night.
A day after Montrezl Harrell shocked the world by traveling to the other side of Los Angeles, Gordon Hayward pulled off a surprise by signing a four-year, $ 120 million contract on Saturday with the Charlotte Hornets.
- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 21, 2020
Hayward's first surprise move came two days earlier when he relinquished the $ 34 million player option from his contract with the Boston Celtics. Now Howard may have orchestrated a bigger coup than Harell.
The Celtics wanted too much
- Guy Boston Sports (@GuyBostonSports) November 20, 2020
The Celtics are reportedly working with the Pacers on a signing and trade deal involving Hayward. The Indianapolis native has made it known that the Pacers are one of his favorite destinations because he wanted to play for his hometown team. But sources say Danny Ainge wanted too much and the teams couldn't agree on a deal. Now the Cs have lost Hayward with nothing in return.
Boston could have saved a trade that would have given them an immediate replacement, at least in terms of quality, not necessarily a player in the same position. Instead, they must fill the Hayward void by using the mid-level exception in a market for autonomous agents that continues to shrink day by day.
But while the Celtics don't know how to replace Hayward, the Hornets finally have their man. A lot of people wonder why Charlotte would gift Hayward the sun and moon given her inability to return to her All-Star form and you can't fault them. But don't say Charlotte just picked him up out of the blue.
Not the first offer
Charlotte signed Gordon Hayward Hayward on an offer sheet that Utah finally matched in 2014. Six years later, the Hornets got it.
- Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) November 21, 2020
In 2014, when he walked into his first free agency, the Restricted Guy, Hayward was offered a four-year, $ 63 million contract by the Charlotte Hornets, then led by Rich Cho and Steve Clifford. Sure, young Gordon Hayward signed the deal, but the Jazz later matched him and kept it because he owned his rights to the birds.
Although he remained in Utah, Hayward showed his gratitude to Cho, Clifford and team owner Michael Jordan for wanting him and making him feel like a vital part of the team they were building. . According to Hayward, he was impressed not only with the money on the contract, but with Charlotte's entire presentation.
After the Jazz matched the offer sheet, Hayward thanked the Utah organization for believing in him. He then rewarded them with a breakout season in 2014-15 and he would continue to increase his scoring average over the next three seasons while also earning All-Star honors in 2017, his final year with the Jazz.
Michael Jordan called Gordon Hayward late at night in an attempt to secure the deal for Charlotte, Hayward told ESPN today. Hayward obviously remembers how MJ and Hornets signed him on a restricted free agency offer sheet in 2014.
- Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) November 21, 2020
When you take a look at Gordon Hayward's NBA career, he's a guy who took the big contracts offered to him. But with Hayward, it's not all about the money. He's a guy who appreciates being liked by a suitor. That's how he felt when the Hornets tried to sign him six years ago. This is how his game reacted when Utah tied the offer.
It's easy to believe that Charlotte's presentation in 2014 was factored into Hayward's decision to re-sign with the Hornets. Although Hayward was coming off an impressive season in Boston, he still hadn't returned to his former All-Star. Given the severity of the injury he suffered, there is no guarantee that he will return to his old form. But that didn't stop the Hornets from sending the Brink's truck to its doorstep. It must have played a part in Hayward's decision.
If the information is correct that Michael Jordan made a phone call to Hayward on Friday night to close the deal, that is what sealed the deal. When the owner of an NBA team, and the greatest NBA player to date, calls you in the middle of the night to guarantee you $ 120 million to play for his team, it's the ultimate confidence. The money obviously fattened his wallet. But Jordan's phone call inflated Hayward's ego and made him feel special. It doesn't get any better than that.
Know the main point of the game. The goal of American football is to score points by carrying the ball from a starting point on a 120-yard long and 53. 3-yard wide field into a specially marked 10-yard-deep area at either end of the field called an end zone. Each team uses the end zone in front of them to score while trying to prevent the opposing team from reaching the end zone behind them.  Each end zone has a Y-shaped structure called the field goal which is positioned on the end line. The field goals are used to score points with special kicks
The end zone that a team is defending is usually referred to as “their” end zone. Thus, a team with 70 yards ( 64. 0 m ) to go before it can score a touchdown is 30 yards ( 27. 4 m ) from its end zone. Teams trade possession of the ball according to rigoureux rules. Whichever team is in possession of the ball is known as the “offense;” the other team is called the “defense. ”
Learn the time divisions. Football is divided into four quarters of 15 minutes each, with a break between the deuxième and third periods called “halftime” that is normally 12 minutes long.  While the clock is active, the game is divided into even shorter segments called “plays ' or ' downs. '
A play begins when the ball is moved from the ground into the hands of the players, and ends when either the ball hits the ground, or the person holding the ball is tackled and his knee or elbow notes the ground. When a play is over, an official called a referee, places the ball on the yard marker which corresponds to his or her judgment of the place where the forward progress of the player with the ball was stopped. Each team has 4 downs and within those downs, they have to make ten yards from the line of scrimmage ( the starting point ). If the team fails to do so within the 4 downs, the offensive team has to hand over the ball to the opposing team. If the offense succeeds in taking the ball 10 yards in the 4 downs they get another 4 downs to move the ball 10 yards. The teams have 30 seconds to get into formation and begin the next play.
Play time can stop for a few different reasons : If a player runs out of bounds, a penalty is called, a flag is thrown, or a pass is thrown but not caught by anybody ( an incomplete pass ), the clock will stop while referees sort everything out.
Penalties are indicated by referees, who throw yellow flags onto the field when they see a violation. This lets everyone on the field know that a penalty has been called. Penalties normally result in the offending team losing between 5 - 15 yards of field place.  There are many penalties, but some of the most common are “offside” ( someone was on the wrong side of the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped ), “holding” ( a player grabbed another player with his hands, and either player doesn’t have the ball, instead of blocking him properly ), ' false start ' ( When a player moves before the ball is snapped ), ' Unsportsmanlike conduct ' ( When a player does something that doesn’t show good sportsmanship, and “clipping” ( someone contacted an opposing player other than the ball carrier from behind and below the waist ).
The opening kickoff - At the very beginning of the game, the head referee flips a coin and the home team captain calls out which side of the coin will be face up. If correct, that captain may choose to kick off or to receive the opening kickoff or allow the visiting team captain to make that choice. Once the kicking and receiving teams are decided, the team captain who lost the coin toss gets to decide which goal his or her team will defend during the first half. This principal play is called the kickoff, and typically involves a long kick down field from one team to the other, with the team that kicked the ball rushing towards the team receiving the ball in order to prevent them from course the ball a long ways back towards the kicking team’s end zone. After halftime, there is a second kickoff by whichever team did not perform the opening kickoff. Throughout the deuxième half, the end zones each team defends is the one opposite the end zone that team defended in the first half
Downs - The word “down” is synonymous with the word “chance” or ' plays ' in American football. The offense is allowed four downs to move the ball at least 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) towards the end zone. Each play ends in a new down. If the goal of 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) from the first down is achieved before the fourth down is over, the count resets to the first down, commonly noted as “1st and 10” to indicate that the standard 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) are once again required to reset to the first down.  Otherwise, the downs count from one to four. If four downs pass without resetting to the first down, control of the ball passes to the other team
This means that a team that moves the ball 10 or more yards on each play will never be on the deuxième down. Every time the ball is moved 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) or more in the proper direction, the next play is a first down with 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) to go.
The distance required to reset to the first down is cumulative, so course 4 yards ( 3. 7 m ) on the first down, 3 yards ( 2. sept m ) on the deuxième, and 3 yards ( 2. sept m ) on the third is enough for the next play to be a first down again.
If a play ends with the ball behind the line of scrimmage, the difference in yards is added to the total number of yards required for a first down. For example, if the quarterback is tackled 7 yards ( 6. 4 m ) behind the line with the ball in his hands, the next play will be noted as “2nd and 17, ” meaning that 17 yards ( 15. 5 m ) must be covered in the next three plays to reset to a first down.
Instead of playing the fourth down, the offense can choose to punt the ball, which is a long kick that transfers control of the ball to the other team, but is likely to intensité them to start farther up the field than they would otherwise have been.