In order to have the salary-cap room to sign Hayward, the Hornets will waive guard-forward Nic Batum and use the NBA’s stretch provision to spread cap implications of Batum’s remaining $27 million over three seasons, an NBA source confirmed to The Observer.
expected the Hornets will have to waive veteran forward Nicolas
Batum to make room for the signing of free agent Gordon
Hayward. Batum opted into his player option worth $27M this
year and will now become an unrestricted free agent.
Batum has struggled to stay
healthy in recent years and it is unclear what the market looks
like for the 31-year-old forward out of