Hornets acquire Gordon Hayward, 2 draft picks from Celtics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets have acquired forward Gordon Hayward and unprotected 2023 and 2024 second-round draft picks from the Boston Celtics in exchange for a heavily protected 2022 second-round draft pick as part of a sign-and-trade transaction.

The Celtics will only get Charlotte’s draft pick if the Hornets finish in the top five in the league next season, so it’s unlikely they will get anything in the deal other than unloading Hayward’s contract.

Hayward previously agreed to a four-year, $120 million deal to join the Hornets.

“We are thrilled to welcome Gordon and his family to the Hornets organization and Charlotte,” Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “Gordon is an NBA All-Star, a proven scorer and playmaker and a tough competitor that will fit well into the needs of our team. We believe that his basketball talent, NBA experience and veteran leadership will make a positive impact on our young, talented team as it continues to develop.”

The Hornets also waived guard Nicolas Batum and forward Ray Spalding.

Hayward, a 10-year NBA veteran, has appeared in 641 regular-season games with 479 starts with the Jazz and Celtics, averaging 15.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 30.8 minutes per game. The 6-foot-7 forward has appeared in 29 post-season games with 16 starts, averaging 15 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 33 minutes per game.

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Tenorio, Ginebra top TNT in OT in PBA Finals opener


MANILA, Philippines — LA Tenorio made the biggest plays down the stretch and Barangay Ginebra outlasted TNT, 100-94, in overtime for a 1-0 lead in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Sunday night at Angeles University Foundation gym.

Tenorio showed why he’s one of the best floor generals in the league history, setting up the Gin Kings’ crucial baskets in the fourth quarter and OT.

The 36-year-old Tenorio finished with 12 points and 10 assists, including a nifty pass to a cutting Arvin Tolentino with five seconds left in regulation that paved way for extra time.

“In LA we trust. He’s used to those kinds of situations, he’s used to having the ball in his hands,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone after what he described as an “exhausting” battle that saw both teams go back-and-fourth in the crucial stages.

But it wasn’t just Tenorio for Ginebra, which also drew significant contributions from Japeth Aguilar, Stanley Pringle and its rookie Tolentino.

Aguilar had 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the field that went with 16 rebounds while Pringle added 24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Tolentino gave the Gin Kings a big lift with 14 points, four rebounds and three steals.

Ray Parks scored 20 points on top of four rebounds, four assists and five steals before fouling out with still 31 seconds to go.

Jayson Castro, who tallied 14 points and five assists, missed an open floater that would’ve won the game for the Tropang Giga at the end of regulation.

Game 2 is on Wednesday night.

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Raptors’ Davis likely to have contract guaranteed, but situation still uncertain

If it weren’t for what happened in his room at the Beekman Hotel in lower Manhattan on Oct. 27, there would be no questions about the second year of Terence Davis’s contract being guaranteed on Sunday, or of his future with the Toronto Raptors.

Davis, 23, was an undeniable success story in his rookie season, another example of the Raptors’ ability to find and develop high-level NBA talent outside the draft lottery – in Davis’s case as an undrafted free agent.

But according to an NYPD statement, Davis returned to his hotel room at about 8:30 p.m., got into an argument with his girlfriend, hit her in the face and then broke her phone. Also in the room was the woman’s young son, who got knocked over in the altercation.

Davis was arrested and is facing seven charges, including two counts of assault in the third degree, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal mischief. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 11.

Before the incident, guaranteeing the second year of his contract for $1.52 million – something that has to happen before Monday for the Raptors to keep his rights — was the easiest decision Raptors general manager Bobby Webster had on his plate in the off-season.

It’s a trickier decision now, yet it’s almost inevitable that Davis’s contract will be guaranteed by Sunday, according to league sources.

The basketball case is obvious: Even if Davis simply replicated what he offered as a rookie – reliable three-point shooting coupled with a generous serving of explosive, game-changing athleticism – he’d be one of the better bargains in the league. But given his age and development, there was good reason to expect a bigger role for Davis in Year 2.

Davis’s goal was to parlay a big

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